Thomas Bradshaw’s Southern Promises

Thomas Bradshaw’s 2008 play SOUTHERN PROMISES gets a revival from the talented troupe of The Flea Theater company. SOUTHERN PROMISES begins previews Monday, March 11 with opening night slated for Sunday, March 24. It was very controversial and divided the theater community due to its prolonged nudity and simulated sex scenes.


On his deathbed, a plantation owner vows to set his slaves free, but when his wife rejects the request after his passing, chaos erupts on the plantation. Based on slave narratives, and featuring an all PoC company of actors, SOUTHERN PROMISES is a brilliant examination of the deeply disturbing and utterly corrupting power of American slavery and its lasting grip on our country’s hearts and institutions. .”

SOUTHERN PROMISES features The Bats, the resident acting company at The Flea including Adam Coy, Darby Davis, Marcus Jones, Timothy Park, Yvonne Jessica Pruitt, Jahsiah Rivera, Shakur Tolliver, Adrain Washington, Selamawit Worku, and Brittany Zaken.

March 11 – April 14, 2019

Tickets start at $15*


  1. Shakur Tollivar who played Benjamin was naked in 3 scenes. Nice lean body, nice untrimmed pubes and nice cut dick. Show is general admission. Best place to sit is first or second row center.

  2. Even if you are off to the side he is facing one way for most of one nude scene and the other way for the next so you’ll see front and back…. but its not a good show, so convoluted. A few good performances, but it needs a lot of work.

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