The world-renowned Fisk Jubilee Singers shattered racial barriers in the U.S. and abroad, entertaining kings and queens. For centuries, the bold a capella African American ensemble born on the campus of Fisk University has blended their rich voices together sharing a heritage of suffering, strength and endurance. “A known showman” with a “gift for stirring theatricality” (Washington Post), playwright and director Tazewell Thompson brings an innovative and heart-stirring score to life in this world premiere. With uplifting spirituals and hymns including “Wade in the Water,” “Ain’t That Good News,” “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” and “Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen,” this a capella musical with more than three dozen songs is sure to ignite audiences.

Presented by Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater

Show Type
Running Time
120 minutes
(1 Intermission)
Appropriate For All Ages Price Ranges
$40 - $90

Discount Tickets Available

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Box Office Phone: 202-488-3300

Schedule Open/Close Dates: 04/26/2019 - 06/09/2019
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Important Dates


  • 05/18/2019 - 2:00pm

Open Caption

  • 05/23/2019 - 8:00pm
  • 05/29/2019 - 7:30pm
  • 06/01/2019 - 2:00pm
Performer Role
Shaleah Adkisson Mabel Lewis
Lisa Arrindell Ella Sheppard
Joy Jones Jennie Jackson
Zonya Love Georgia Gordon
Sean-Maurice Lynch Frederick Loudin
V. Savoy McIlwain Thomas Rutling
Aundi Marie Moore Maggie Porter
Simone Paulwell America Robinson
Travis Pratt Isaac Dickerson
Katherine Alexis Thomas Minnie Tate
Bueka Uwemedimo Greene Evans
Greg Watkins Benjamin Holmes
Jaysen Wright Edmund Watkins
Production Personnel
Tazewell Thompson
Tazewell Thompson
Costume Designer
Merrily Murray-Walsh
Set Designer
Donald Eastman
Sound Designer
Fabian Obispo
Lighting Designer
Robert Wierzel
Projections/Media Designer
Shawn Duan


Arena Stage - The Kreeger Theater
1101 Sixth Street SW, Washington, DC 20024
About the Venue:
The Kreeger Theater, a 514-seat, fan-shaped space with a modified thrust stage, is updated with current technology and amenities, while retaining the qualities that make it one of the most artist- and audience-friendly spaces in the country: extraordinary flexibility, excellent acoustics, flawless sightlines and remarkably intimate interaction between actor and audience.

Getting There

  • Waterfront-SEU (Green Line)


  • Street parking
  • Paid garages


  • This venue is wheelchair accessible.
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