This is the stage interpretation of “Let My People Go,”a spoken word poem that concluded Muse Creative Arts Ministry‘s production of “The Chains” a couple of weeks ago.
The combination of this piece and the monologue right before was incredibly powerful. The man on his knees as the piece starts is portraying Spartacus, the former gladiator turned slave revolt leader who delivers his speech to us from the cold shores of the river Styx–from death.
Originally, we were planning on ending on a somewhat positive note, saying “even if you fail to break free from the chains that bind you, all that matters is that you try.” My co-director (also the actor playing Spartacus) suggested a better idea:
“If you try alone, you will fail. And failure sucks.”
That’s a direct quote.