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Many Thousand Gone

April 5-7, 2019

Many Thousand Gone, the Soul and Song of the Negro Slave is an original Broadway quality musical that offers a look at our past, to help us create a promising future. Many Thousand Gone is an engaging, provocative journey influence by slave narratives, and it has touched the hearts of audiences in theaters, universities, schools and churches throughout the US. It is endorsed by critics and celebrated by audiences as a “passionate, gripping and spirited” musical production. It will make you laugh and it will make you cry. You don’t just watch Many Thousand Gone - you experience it!

Many Thousand Gone takes the Abundant Grace Stage Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 5-7, 2019.

  • Adult General Admission Tickets $15

  • Child General Admission Ticket $10 (12 yrs & younger)

  • Group General Admission Tickets $12 (groups of 12 or more)

The Abundant Grace Stage is located at 1574 E. Shelby Dr., Memphis, TN 38116. To purchase tickets, click the Get Your Tickets Now button below. For more information call 901-789-GRACE, or email Stage88@comcast.net.


Study Guide for Many Thousand Gone

Because of its historical accuracy, Many Thousand Gone is an excellent educational tool. This Study Guide is designed to be used in learning environments and for reflections on this impactful production.

Define then discuss the following Terms used in the production:

  • Allotted

  • Breeder

  • Bullwhip

  • Calaboose

  • Coded

  • Driver

  • Halfwits

  • Juksie

  • Mulatto

  • Negro Dogs

  • Nigger

  • Overseer

  • Pass

  • Pattyrollers

  • Pickled Back

  • Put in Pocket

  • Yellah Quarters

 

The Auction Block:

On the auction block women would be separated from their men and their children. Identify some physical characteristics that were looked for in identifying a ‘good sale’ of women on the auction block?

 

The Plantation

The Triads in Act 1 represent how life varied for slaves, depending on the plantation they resided on, the type of owner they had, whether there were overseers or drivers, and the status of the slaves.

 

What were some of the things that determined the status of slaves?

 

Family Structure:  Discuss the family structures of slaves

 

Education:

Explain why it was against the law for slaves to get an education?

 

What were some of the consequences if they were caught trying to learn?

 

Singing

Identify three reasons the slaves sang their spirituals.

 

Food:

What day of the week were the slaves given their “rations”?

 

Religion

  • Where are two places that slaves worshipped?

  • How was religion used to propagate slavery?

  • How did the slaves use religion to endure slavery?

  • Why would some slaves pray into a bucket of water?

 

Discussion:

Did you notice the subtle conflict that the author introduced at the very end of the play when Queenby is given a surname?