Perseverance Theatre presents world premiere of Marcus Gardley play



Perseverance Theatre will present the world premiere of Marcus Gardley’s newest play, “the road weeps, the well runs dry,” beginning May 3, with preview performances scheduled for April 28 and May 1.

With a cast of Alaska Native and African American actors, “the road weeps, the well runs dry” tells the story of Black Seminole Freedman working to incorporate the first all-black town in the United States. 

Directed by Aaron Davidman, of California, actors include Perseverance company members, including Jake Waid, Shadow Meienberg, Austin Tagaban, Gary Waid, Erin Tripp, and Ibn Bailey, and guest artists, including Charles Wallace, Jude Tibeau, Perri Gaffney, Evette Marie White, and Kenneth Ray.

Set design is by Perseverance Theatre’s Artistic Director, Art Rotch, who previously designed the set for "Raisin in the Sun," and lighting design is by Lauren MacKenzie Miller who also designed for "Raisin in the Sun." Rory Stitt, who worked for Perseverance on "The Importance of Being Earnest," designed the sound. Costume design is by Rick Silaj, who also designed costumes this season for "Oklahoma."

“the road weeps, the well runs dry” is part of the LARK Play Development Center’s project “Launching New Plays into the Repetoire.” Juneau is the first town in a four-city rolling world premiere for "the road weeps, the well runs dry" that includes performances in Minneapolis, Los Angeles, and Tampa, Fla.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Opening May 3, with a 2 p.m. matinee on the last Sunday (May 26). There will be pay-as-you-can previews on Sunday, April 28 and Wednesday, May 1 at 7:30 p.m. and pay-as-you-can performances on Sunday, May 5 and Thursday, May 9 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are now available through Hearthside Books, the JACC, online at or by calling 907-463-TIXS (8497).



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