Part of the inaugural Atlanta Musical Theatre Festival, Underground is a slave story told through song based on a short film.

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Book & Lyrics by

Akil DuPont


1850. With dreams of freedom tuggin’ at his soul, Bali plans to escape from slavery after learning that his master, Jacob, is going to sell his young daughter, Emala. During their escape, Bali encounters a house slave, Dembi, who is content with her station in life and the comfort that her master brings her. After the master's misunderstands her intentions, she becomes an unwilling participant in this escape. The slaves strike out in the dead of night, singing Negro spirituals that they hope will protect them on their perilous journey to freedom and guide them to the Underground Railroad.

Will Dembi come to believe in the Underground Railroad, or will she betray the group and return to the comfort of her house? Can Bali protect his daughter and lead them to freedom, or will the master find them and drag them back to a life of servitude?

"Underground" - a slave story told through song, is based on a short film that won 21 awards, including 2 Student Emmys (one for music). In March 2016, this musical play was produced as a reading in NYC with the Negro Ensemble Company and was directed by TONY-award winner, Ben Harney.

This selection will be performed at Synchronicity Theatre, 1545 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA 30309.

Tickets for the Atlanta Musical Theatre Festival are $25 for a single event, $45 for two events, $60 for three events and $70 for all four events.

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