a new musical
book by Jerold Solomon, Foster Solomon, and Ron Klipp
Music & Lyrics by Ron Klipp
directed by Foster Solomon
musical direction by Billy Dye
GABRIEL is based on the true and little-known Richmond story about the events of the summer of 1800 and the state-wide plot by enslaved Virginians to overthrow their owners and assert their freedom. The conspiracy was led by a twenty-four year old enslaved, literate blacksmith named Gabriel who worked on Thomas Prosser's tobacco plantation in Henrico. When Governor James Monroe got wind of the planned rebellion he called out the state militia. Gabriel and twenty-five other conspirators were captured, tried, found guilty, and publicly hanged.
"EVERY DAY BRINGS ME CLOSER
TO WHAT I WANT AND WHERE I’LL BE.
BRINGIN’ ME CLOSER
TO BEIN’ FREE."
Foster Solomon - Director
Billy Dye - Music Director
Dasia Gregg - Set Designer
Andrew Bonniwell - Lighting Designer
Anna Bialkowski - Costume Designer