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Photo Flash: First Look at World Premiere Production of TOM at Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum

Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum presents TOM, a world premiere stage adaptation of Harriet Beecher Stowe's 'Uncle Tom's Cabin' that offers a new look at the power of Stowe's most famous novel and at the true grit of its title character. Written by artistic director Ellen Geer and featuring folk music of the period, TOM joins the repertory season at Theatricum's spectacular outdoor amphitheatre in Topanga on June 18. BroadwayWorld has an inside look at the production - scroll down for photos!

Long before Black Lives Matter entered our lexicon, Stowe's most famous novel about a slave who demonstrates great strength in the face of overwhelming brutality rallied abolitionists worldwide. Inspired by the draconian measures of the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 - which made it illegal to help or harbor runaway slaves - and by the words of former slave, social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer and statesman Frederick Douglas, Stowe first released 'Uncle Tom's Cabin' in serial format in a weekly newspaper beginning June 5, 1851 with the subtitle 'The Man That Was a Thing.' Geer sets her adaptation 35 years later, in 1886, following the death of Stowe's husband. According to historians, that was the year when Stowe's health began to deteriorate and she succumbed to what is now believed to have been Alzheimer's. Obsessed with 'Uncle Tom's Cabin,' she devoted the remainder of her life to re-writing it again and again.

TOM opens on Saturday, June 18 at 7:30 p.m. and continues through Oct. 1. Tickets range from $10-$38.50; children 4 and under are free.Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum is located at 1419 North Topanga Canyon Blvd. in Topanga, midway between Malibu and the San Fernando Valley. For a complete schedule of performances and to purchase tickets, call 310-455-3723 or log onto www.theatricum.com. Visit Theatricum on facebook: www.facebook.com/theatricum. Follow us on twitter: @theatricum.

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Photo Flash: First Look at World Premiere Production of TOM  at Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum
Taylor Jackson Ross and Melora Marshall

Photo Flash: First Look at World Premiere Production of TOM  at Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum
Melora Marshall

Photo Flash: First Look at World Premiere Production of TOM  at Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum
Durant Fowler and Jasmine Gatewood

Photo Flash: First Look at World Premiere Production of TOM  at Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum
Jasmine Gatewood

Photo Flash: First Look at World Premiere Production of TOM  at Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum
Rodrick Jean-Charles, Melora Marshall and Ensemble

Photo Flash: First Look at World Premiere Production of TOM  at Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum
Melora Marshall and Jasmine Gatewood

Photo Flash: First Look at World Premiere Production of TOM  at Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum
Jasmine Gatewood and Angelo Fowler

Photo Flash: First Look at World Premiere Production of TOM  at Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum
Jasmine Nicole Jacquet, Gerald C. Rivers, Vanduncan Johnson-Phillips, Earnestine Phillips, Charis Hollomon

Photo Flash: First Look at World Premiere Production of TOM  at Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum
Tim Halligan

Photo Flash: First Look at World Premiere Production of TOM  at Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum
Elizabeth Tobias and Thad Geer

Photo Flash: First Look at World Premiere Production of TOM  at Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum
Elizabeth Tobias, Jasmine Gatewood, and Angelo Fowler

Photo Flash: First Look at World Premiere Production of TOM  at Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum
Elizabeth Tobias, Jasmine Gatewood. and Angelo Fowler

Photo Flash: First Look at World Premiere Production of TOM  at Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum
Jasmine Nicole Jacquet, Gerald C. Rivers Earnestine Phillips and Charis Holloman

Photo Flash: First Look at World Premiere Production of TOM  at Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum
Charis Holloman, Gerald C. Rivers, and Jasmine Nicole Jacquet

Photo Flash: First Look at World Premiere Production of TOM  at Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum
Charis Holloman, Gerald C. Rivers, Jasmine Nicole Jacquet, Earnestine Phillips

Photo Flash: First Look at World Premiere Production of TOM  at Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum
Earnestine Phillips, Charis Holloman, Jasmine Nicole Jacquet

Photo Flash: First Look at World Premiere Production of TOM  at Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum
Shane McDermott and Gerald C. Rivers

Photo Flash: First Look at World Premiere Production of TOM  at Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum
Gerald C. Rivers and Shane McDermott

Photo Flash: First Look at World Premiere Production of TOM  at Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum
Melora Marsahll, Vanduncan Johnson-Phillips, Candace Nicholas-Lippman, Lily Andrew

Photo Flash: First Look at World Premiere Production of TOM  at Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum
Earnestine Phillips

Photo Flash: First Look at World Premiere Production of TOM  at Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum
Earnestine Phillips and Gerald C. Rivers

Photo Flash: First Look at World Premiere Production of TOM  at Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum
Earnestine Phillips and Gerald C. Rivers

Photo Flash: First Look at World Premiere Production of TOM  at Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum
Gerald C. Rivers and Lily Andrew

Photo Flash: First Look at World Premiere Production of TOM  at Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum
Mark Lewis and Gerald C. Rivers

Photo Flash: First Look at World Premiere Production of TOM  at Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum
Mark Lewis and Gerald C. Rivers

Photo Flash: First Look at World Premiere Production of TOM  at Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum
Taylor Jackson Ross and Melora Marshall

Photo Flash: First Look at World Premiere Production of TOM  at Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum
Lily Andrew and Gerald C. Rivers

Photo Flash: First Look at World Premiere Production of TOM  at Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum
Ensemble

Photo Flash: First Look at World Premiere Production of TOM  at Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum
Lily Andrew, Elizabeth Tobias. Mark Lewis, Shannon Shepherd, Celeste Arrazolo, Daphne Gabriel

Photo Flash: First Look at World Premiere Production of TOM  at Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum
Tim Halligan, Daphne Gabriel, Gerald C. Rivers and Julissa Merius

Photo Flash: First Look at World Premiere Production of TOM  at Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum
Thad Geer

Photo Flash: First Look at World Premiere Production of TOM  at Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum
Rodrick Jean-Charles, Gerald C. Rivers, Daphne Gabriel and Celina Lee Surniak,

Photo Flash: First Look at World Premiere Production of TOM  at Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum
Rodrick Jean-Charles and Shannon Shepherd

Photo Flash: First Look at World Premiere Production of TOM  at Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum
Gerald C. Rivers and Shannon Shepherd

Photo Flash: First Look at World Premiere Production of TOM  at Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum
Gerald C. Rivers and Shannon Shepherd

Photo Flash: First Look at World Premiere Production of TOM  at Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum
Angelo Fowler, Durant Fowler, Jasmine Gatewood

Photo Flash: First Look at World Premiere Production of TOM  at Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum
Shannon Shepherd and Thad Geer



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