Native Guard

October 2018
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Based on Natasha Trethewey’s collection of poems, The Alliance Theatre’s production of Native Guard is both an elegy to her mother and a journey into Mississippi’s Civil War history. In poetry and song, she reflects on her mother’s passing while contemplating the former slaves who became soldiers in a regiment known as the Native Guard. Trethewey’s work was the winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry.

This recording was produced with the generous support of The Poetry Foundation.

Original Director for the Alliance Theatre Production: Susan V. Booth. Offsite Producer for The Alliance Theatre, Donya Washington. Composer and Music Director, Tyrone Jackson. Original Sound Design, Clay Benning. Production Assistant, Amanda Allen. Senior Radio Producer, Ronn Lipkin. Recording Engineer, Sound Designer and Editor, Erick Cifuentes. Associate Producer, Studio Production Coordinator and Mixer, Mark Holden.

Recorded at The Invisible Studios, West Hollywood, in July of 2018.

Native Guard by Natasha Trethewey, used by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved. As conceived and originally produced by the Alliance Theatre, Atlanta, Georgia. Susan V. Booth, Artistic Director. Mike Schleifer, Managing Director.

Directed by Rosalind Ayres
Neal A. Ghant as The Native Guard
January LaVoy as The Poet
Nicole Banks Long as Vocalist
Tyrone Jackson as Keyboard/Composer/Music Director
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