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The Return of Benjamin Lay


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Benjamin Lay - shepherd, sailor, prophet, and the British Empire's first revolutionary abolitionist - returns from the grave almost three hundred years after his death.

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Naomi Wallace's plays include One Flea Spare, The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek, Things of Dry Hours, And I and Silence, The Breach and Returning to Haifa by Ghassan Kanafani (adapted with Ismail Khalidi). Her awards include the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize (twice), the Obie Award for Best Play (for One Flea Spare), a MacArthur Fellowship and the inaugural Windham Campbell Prize for Drama. Wallace is currently writing the book for the new John Mellencamp musical Small Town and co-writing the book for the new Loretta Lynn musical with George C. Wolfe.Marcus Rediker is Distinguished Professor of Atlantic History at the University of Pittsburgh. His 'histories from below', including The Slave Ship: A Human History, have been translated into 18 languages. He is the author of The Fearless Benjamin Lay: The Quaker Dwarf Who Became the First Revolutionary Abolitionist (Verso), and co-author (with David Lester and Paul Buhle) of Prophet against Slavery: Benjamin Lay, A Graphic Novel (Verso).

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