The Moment Was Now

The Moment Was Now

 
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About The Moment Was Now

The Moment Was Now is a new musical play that takes place in post-civil war Baltimore in 1869, a turning point in US history where America almost did the right thing.  Echoing the current moment, the play centers around the impassioned search for unity between the dynamic historic leaders of powerful constituencies during Reconstruction.   The conflicts and possibilities unfold at a fictional meeting convened by Frederick Douglass and are elevated by the musical and spoken word format. Hope hangs in the balance at this most unusual gathering of suffragette, abolitionist Susan B. Anthony; Black trade union leader Isaac Myers; feminist author and abolitionist Frances Harper; and National Labor Union president William Sylvis. Railroad Kingpin Jay Gould lurks in the background.

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“… This is creative genius at its best… compelling drama, a moving historical and poetic epic of inspiration which remind us that there is nothing new under the Sun… it teaches us that even courage is timeless in the face of strident opposition… Courage… will always lead to positive change and transformation especially in a democracy challenged by hypocrisy when right is in plain sight.” - Clarence L. Johnson, Senior Minister-Pastor Mills Grove Christian Church, Oakland, California

 

Showtimes and Dates

Where: Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 811 Cathedral St, Baltimore, MD

When:

Friday September 13th- Sunday September 15th

AND

Friday September 20th- Sunday September 22

 
 
 
This was really a turning point in US history when America almost did the right thing. Under Reconstruction, instituted by Congress, the South was writing new state constitutions and African Americans were getting elected to local and national offices. Baltimore was a border state with a history of being half slave and half free. The play centers on the impassioned search for unity among dynamic leaders of powerful movements during this period. The conflicts and possibilities unfold at a fictional meeting convened by Frederick Douglass.
— Gene Bruskin in interview with Peter Olney


 

Cast and Crew

Written and Conceived by Gene Bruskin

In Collaboration with:

Director and Choreographer Darryl! Moch

Musical Director Glenn Pearson, with Chester Burke 

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