About Us

Drapetomaniac Productions is dedicated to creating stunning theatrical performances that liberate mind, body and soul.

What is a Drapetomaniac?

Drape = Slave; Mania = Crazy

In the mid-1800s, medical doctors “discovered” Drapetomania, also known as “run-away slave syndrome.” Slaves throughout the transatlantic region– from the West Coast of Africa through the Caribbean, Latin America, and the United States– who ran away from their masters were thought to be afflicted with this mental disorder.  They were called Drapetomaniacs because white masters asserted that any slave who ran away from their brutal, deadly regimes had to be out of their minds.  Until the diagnosis was debunked, the cure for what was commonly known as the “fever for freedom” was confinement, shackling, starvation, threats, and physical torture.

Drapetomaniac Productions: burning with the fever for freedom

Works in Progress include

– Where Spirit Rides; Or, The Long Way Home

A solo theatre/dance work by Lisa Biggs about Abby Kelly, an Irish Quaker woman from Massachusetts, who became an anti-slavery advocate after she was possessed by the ghost of a once-enslaved Black woman.

August 13-15, 2015 at the Renegade Theatre Festival, Lansing, MI


– Nervous Conditions (adapted to stage with Lori Baptista)

An evening length stage play based on the novel by Tsitsi Dangarembga. Tells the story of Tambu, a young Zimbabwean girl growing up during the struggle for independence, who longs to go to school and lift her family out of dire poverty. Her only obstacle to her dreams — her older brother.

328427_396370100422050_2008033659_oContact us at lbiggie16 at gmail dot com.

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