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Meet the Cast

Nancy Anderson

George Read

Nancy Anderson

Nancy Anderson

George Read

Nancy Anderson

Becca Ayers

Col. Thomas McKean

Becca Ayers

Becca Ayers

Col. Thomas McKean

Becca Ayers

Becca will be Mr. McKean in the upcoming revival of “1776”. Broadway: “South Pacific” (original revival cast) and “My Fair Lady” revival at Lincoln Center), “Addams Family”, “Avenue Q”, and “Les Miserables” (original first revival cast). Off-Broadway: “Dear Evan Hansen”, “Dogfight”, “Giant” and “Sarah, Plain and Tall”. She has a buncha songs on streaming platforms under her name (Becca Ayers) and with her band, baby goes bang. innocenceproject.org, girltrek.org, splcenter.org

Tiffani Barbour

Custodian Andrew McNair

Tiffani Barbour

Tiffani Barbour

Custodian Andrew McNair

Tiffani Barbour

Allison Blackwell

Robert Livingston

Allison Blackwell

Allison Blackwell

Robert Livingston

Allison Blackwell

Allison is passionate about the issues of voting and representation. She took a year off after college to work as a congressional aide before applying for a Masters in Music in musical theater.

Hannah Cruz

Judge James Wilson

Hannah Cruz

Hannah Cruz

Judge James Wilson

Hannah Cruz

Allyson Kaye Daniel

Abigail Adams/​Rev. Jonathan Witherspoon

Allyson Kaye Daniel

Allyson Kaye Daniel

Abigail Adams/​Rev. Jonathan Witherspoon

Allyson Kaye Daniel

“I believe in the arts
I STRONGLY believe in education for black and brown children
I believe representation and diversity matter
I believe BLACK LIVES MATTER”

Elizabeth A. Davis

Thomas Jefferson

Elizabeth A. Davis

Elizabeth A. Davis

Thomas Jefferson

Elizabeth A. Davis

Mehry Eslaminia

Charles Thomson

Mehry Eslaminia

Mehry Eslaminia

Charles Thomson

Mehry Eslaminia

Joanna Glushak

Stephen Hopkins

Joanna Glushak

Joanna Glushak

Stephen Hopkins

Joanna Glushak

Shawna Hamic

Richard Henry Lee

Shawna Hamic

Shawna Hamic

Richard Henry Lee

Shawna Hamic

Eryn Lecroy

Martha Jefferson/​Dr. Lyman Hall

Eryn LeCroy

Eryn Lecroy

Martha Jefferson/​Dr. Lyman Hall

Eryn LeCroy

Eryn LeCroy received her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Oklahoma City University and most recently played Christine in the Phantom of the Operaon Broadway. In the year 1776, Eryn’s 5th great-grandfather, John Dillard, was 16 years old when he enlisted to serve in the continental army in southern Virginia. Eryn serves as a member of the non-profit organization Broadway Hearts which brings music and entertainment to kids in the New York-area Children’s Hospitals. She also volunteers her time with New York City Relief which connects the homeless and hurting with resources for a brighter future.

Crystal Lucas Perry

John Adams

Crystal Lucas-Perry

Crystal Lucas Perry

John Adams

Crystal Lucas-Perry

“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” – Nelson Mandela

Liz Mikel

John Hancock

Liz Mikel

Liz Mikel

John Hancock

Liz Mikel

“I am a mother. I am a grandmother. I am black. I am an artist and I’m an American. I care deeply about our country and what the future will hold for my grandbabies. When I was a baby, neither my mother, a college educator, and my father, a business owner, nor my grandparents could vote.
As an artist, I use my craft to enlighten and entertain and hopefully make a lasting change in our world.”

Patrena Murray

Benjamin Franklin

Patrena Murray

Patrena Murray

Benjamin Franklin

Patrena Murray

Patrena recently played the lawyer, feminist and civil rights advocate Flo Kennedy at the Daryl Roth Theatre in New York City, the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, NJ, and the A.R.T. in Cambridge, MA.

Kerry O’Malley

John Dickinson

Kerry O’Malley

Kerry O’Malley

John Dickinson

Kerry O’Malley

Kerry O’Malley is a native New Englander, an avid Boston sports fan, a deep lover of history, and a passionate fighter for democracy. She is particularly focused on Voting Rights, Women’s rights, LGBTQ+ Equality, Ending Gun Violence, ending gerrymandering, protecting the environment and combating Climate Change.

Oneika Phillips

Joseph Hewes

Oneika Phillips

Oneika Phillips

Joseph Hewes

Oneika Phillips

Oneika insists that claiming joy and love of the melaninated body through movement is itself declaration, reclamation, and protest. During the pandemic, her classes have brought the rhythm, color and soul-moving drive of Caribbean Carnival and Soca Music and Dance into the homes of many, and raised community donations for the ACLU, Smart Fit Family, The Actors’ Fund, National Black Disability Coalition, and The Innocence Project.

Lulu Picart

Samuel Chase

Lulu Picart

Lulu Picart

Samuel Chase

Lulu Picart

As a former Foreign Service Candidate, 1776is a project near to Lulu’s heart. Lulu is co-founder of the nonprofit Thank You Five. She is an in-demand speaker and performer at podcast conferences and is the co-host of 10K Dollar Day, the comedy podcast about imaginary luxury travel, and The Daily Happy, a 10-minute community check-in. @lulupicart

Sara Porkalob

Edward Rutledge

Sara Porkalob

Sara Porkalob

Edward Rutledge

Sara Porkalob

Brooke Simpson

Roger Sherman

Brooke Simpson

Brooke Simpson

Roger Sherman

Brooke Simpson

“I am an Indigenous Woman. I believe in the power of art. And I will forever use it to make my voice heard and to remind others, especially women of color, to make their voices heard.”

Salome Smith

Courier

Salome Smith

Salome Smith

Courier

Salome Smith

Sav Souza

Dr. Josiah Bartlett

Sav Souza

Sav Souza

Dr. Josiah Bartlett

Sav Souza

Sav is a queer, transgender, non-binary performer, writer, and activist working to dismantle the binary in the theater industry and beyond. They are the founder of the Binder Drive, a crowd funding organization that supplies FREE chest binders to Black trans and gender non-conforming folx in the US.

Grace Stockdale

Standby

Grace Stockdale

Grace Stockdale

Standby

Grace Stockdale

Jill Vallery

Caesar Rodney

Jill Vallery

Jill Vallery

Caesar Rodney

Jill Vallery

Imani Pearl Williams
Imani Pearl Williams

Standby

Imani Pearl Williams

Imani Pearl Williams is an artist who supports organizations like The Okra Project and She Safe, We Safe. She believes that storytelling is an extremely powerful tool and looks forward to opening up the perspective of 1776.

Blackout poetry

Declaration of Independence Blackout Poetry

We invite you to explore the Declaration of Independence from your own perspective, through a blackout poetry exercise. You can see an example from one of our cast members.

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We invite you to explore the Declaration of Independence from your own perspective, through a blackout poetry exercise. You can see an example from one of our cast members.

Start Now

Co-Directors Jeffrey Page and Diane Paulus in collaboration with Projection Designer David Bengali create a multimedia experience with performances of songs from the A.R.T.’s upcoming production of the Tony Award-winning musical 1776. These songs are interwoven into a dynamic discussion with Harvard University historians Vincent Brown and Timothy Patrick McCarthy and members of the cast and creative team. This event explores representation, writing ourselves into existence, and what the year 1776 and the Declaration of Independence mean for our country today as we reckon with the past in order to understand our present moment and move forward together.

This virtual experience will be part of Transformation 2020: Popular Democracy Defined, the Center for Popular Democracy’s three-day livestream conference (September 24 – 26) bringing together artists, community organizers, and elected officials. Featuring an array of interactive programming, Transformation 2020 will explore how a popular democracy can transform our economy, government and communities; challenge dominant narratives; and introduce transformative ways of seeing the world.

1776: The Audacity to Exist features cast members Allison Blackwell, Allyson Kaye Daniel, Crystal Lucas-Perry, Liz Mikel, Patrena Murray, Oneika Phillips, Brooke Simpson, and Sav Souza, as well as creative team members AnnMarie Milazzo, Brisa Areli Muñoz, and Jeffrey Page. Transformation 2020 will also feature presentations by Harvard scholars from last spring’s 1776 Salons. Additional programming includes workshops led by Jagged Little Pill cast members Kathryn Gallagher, Celia Rose Gooding, and Lauren Patten. All of the arts and culture programming for Transformation 2020 is being curated and produced by Level Forward. Additional production support of A.R.T.’s participation in Transformation 2020 is provided by Bank of America and Mass Humanities.

About 1776

They knew they would make history, but not what history would make of them. Fed up with living under the tyranny of British rule, John Adams attempts to persuade his fellow members of the Continental Congress to vote in favor of American Independence and sign the Declaration. But how much is he willing to compromise in the pursuit of freedom? And who does that freedom belong to? Terrie and Bradley Bloom Artistic Director Diane Paulus directs a new production of this Tony Award-winning musical, reexamining this pivotal moment in American history.

“I have been overwhelmed by the compassion, humanity, and unstoppable creativity expressed by our company of 1776 who have come together from across the country for our virtual workshop. Their resilience has infused me with hope for the future of theater amid this time of uncertainty.

As we embark on our journey together on this production, we find ourselves reckoning with our country’s history, reexamining the pivotal moment of our nation’s founding portrayed in 1776—the writing of the Declaration of Independence, a ‘promissory note,’ that, in Martin Luther King’s words ‘America has defaulted on.’ Our cast includes multiple representations of gender, race, and ethnicity that allow this revival of 1776 to more broadly reflect today’s America, our America.

As artists, we are embracing our American history as a human predicament and are committed to the process of learning from the past in order to move forward together.” 

– Diane Paulus, Director of 1776 / Terrie and Bradley Bloom Artistic Director

Music and Lyrics by Sherman Edwards
Book by Peter Stone
Based on a concept by Sherman Edwards
Directed by Jeffrey L. Page & Diane Paulus
Choreographed by Jeffrey L. Page

Production Sponsors of 1776
Katie and Paul Buttenwieser
The Linda Hammett Ory & Andrew Ory Charitable Trust
Allison Johnson
Serena and Bill Lese
Education and Engagement Support
Ford Foundation
Additional Production Support
Jeannie and Jonathan Lavine
Janet and Irv Plotkin
Professor Mark V. Tushnet
Additional Education and Engagement Support
Bank of America
Fresh Sound Foundation
Klarman Family Foundation
Mass Humanities
Production Support of 1776 at Roundabout Theatre Company
Elizabeth Armstrong

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Credits

Creative Team

Music and lyrics by

Sherman Edwards

Book by

Peter Stone

Based on a concept by

Sherman Edwards

Direction

Jeffrey L. Page

Diane Paulus

Choreography

Jeffrey L. Page

Scenic Design

Scott Pask

Costume Design

Emilio Sosa

Lighting Design

Jennifer Schriever

Sound Design

Jonathan Deans

Projection Design

David Bengali

Casting

Stephen Kopel

Music Supervision

David Chase

Orchestrations

John Clancy

Vocal Design

AnnMarie Milazzo

Co-Music Direction

Nadia Digiallonardo

Ryan Cantwell

Music Consultant

Nadia Digiallonardo

Cast

George Read

Nancy Anderson

Col. Thomas McKean

Becca Ayers

Custodian Andrew McNair

Tiffani Barbour

Robert Livingston

Allison Blackwell

Judge James Wilson

Hannah Cruz

Abigail Adams/​Rev. Jonathan Witherspoon

Allyson Kaye Daniel

Thomas Jefferson

Elizabeth A. Davis

Charles Thomson

Mehry Eslaminia

Stephen Hopkins

Joanna Glushak

Richard Henry Lee

Shawna Hamic

Martha Jefferson/​Dr. Lyman Hall

Eryn LeCroy

John Adams

Crystal Lucas-Perry

John Hancock

Liz Mikel

Benjamin Franklin

Patrena Murray

John Dickinson

Kerry O’Malley

Joseph Hewes

Oneika Phillips

Samuel Chase

Lulu Picart

Edward Rutledge

Sara Porkalob

Roger Sherman

Brooke Simpson

Courier

Salome Smith

Dr. Josiah Bartlett

Sav Souza

Standby

Grace Stockdale

Caesar Rodney

Jill Vallery

Standby

Imani Pearl Williams

Stage Management

Sharika Niles

Genevieve Kersh

John Meredith