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Gun & Powder

January 28 – February 23, 2020


Inspired by a true story, make way for the sisters Clarke in a dynamic, moving and inspiring world premiere musical of notorious outlaws who ruled the Wild West.

To help their mother settle a sharecropper debt, Mary and Martha Clarke—African American twins—pass themselves as White to seize the funds by any means necessary. However, their bond of sisterhood is tested when they fall in love with two very different men, one Black, the other White.

Award-winning director Robert O’Hara (Broadway’s Slave Play) makes his Signature debut in this soaring musical that examines race, family and identity with two electrifying women who went from farm girls to legends with gun and powder.

Discussion Nights February 18 & 19, 2020
Pride Night February 7, 2020

Running time approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes, including one 15-minute intermission.

Contains theatrical haze, one gunshot and two instances of guns pointed at audience (but not shot).
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  • Sponsored by Deborah G. Gandy and Wells Fargo

    Gun & Powder was a recipient of the Richard Rodgers Award for Musical Theater and developed through the SigWorks: Musical Theater Lab at Signature Theatre.

    New work at Signature Theatre is sponsored by Dan & Gloria Logan with additional support from The Reva & David Logan Foundation

    Gun & Powder is a recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award and is sponsored, in part, by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and Virginia Humanities

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