Middle Passage
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Middle Passage

Middle Passage is an epic work adapted from Charles Johnson’s celebrated book of the same name. Written for the stage by David Barr, III and Ilesa Duncan, the story follows cavalier, self-confessed rascal Rutherford Calhoun, a recently freed slave, from Illinois down to decadent 1830 New Orleans. In an attempt to escape debtors and avoid a forced marriage, he stows away on an outbound rigger, The Republic. But The Republic is not just any ship. It’s a slave ship-and it’s headed to Africa. Thus begins a voyage of self-discovery that changes our young hero forever.


– Presented by Lifeline Theatre | Ilesa Duncan



“The rest of the cast had worthy performances, but I want to take note of…who really shined….Demetra Dee as Baleka.”

– Shaw Local News Network



Demetra Dee makes an innocent and touching little Baleka.”

– Chicago Theatre Review




Jeff Recommend + 2020 NON–EQUITY JEFF AWARD NOMINEES Production Play




Lifeline Theatre




March 1, 2020