Underground Railroad Game

Underground Railroad Game – 2013-2018

“Those are the same stars, and that is the same moon, that look down upon your brothers and sisters, and which they see as they look up to them, though they are ever so far away from us, and each other.” – Sojourner Truth

Obie Winner
Underground Railroad Game wins the Obie Award for Best New American Theatre Work!

Forget everything you thought you knew about history. No more tedious memorization. No more boring dates and facts related to distant people and events. We take history off the page and make it real again. All aboard for a perilous and sexy journey through time with…Underground Railroad Game! Whether you’re a winner or a loser, you’re always a learner!

A play by Jenn Kidwell and Scott Sheppard, in association with Lightning Rod Special. After being previewed at various stages in development in Philadelphia, New Orleans, and at Roger Williams University, URG made its Philadelphia premiere with FringeArts in September, 2015 and returned to FringeArts May 11-21st of 2016.

The show then made its Off-Broadway debut with Ars Nova in 2016,  was extended twice, and ran to sold-out NYC audiences Sept. 13-Nov. 11th. Ben Brantley named Underground Railroad Game one of the top ten theatre experiences of 2016. Since then, it has toured around the world, been named one of the 25 best plays since “Angels in America,” won the OBIE Award for Best New American Theater Work, published an art-book companion to the script, and returned to Off-Broadway.

Underground Railroad Game is currently available for touring with Octopus Theatricals.

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Past Tour Stops:

  • Original Off Broadway Premiere – Ars Nova – 2016
  • Theater Der Welt, Hamburg, Germany – 2017
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI – 2018
  • ‘62 Center Williams College, Williamstown, MA – 2018
  • Woolly Mammoth Theater Company, Washington, DC – 2018
  • Curious Theatre Company, Denver Colorado – 2018
  • Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland – 2018
  • Soho Theatre, London, UK – 2018
  • Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne, AU – 2019
  • Return Off-Broadway Engagement, Ars Nova – 2019
  • Bard College, Bard, NY – 2019



Scotsman 2018 Fringe First Awards Announcements

URG wins 2018 Edinburgh Stage Award

Philly Mag announces URG OBIE win

American Theatre Mag announces 2017 OBIE winners

Ben Brantley Best of 2016

Washington Post review of 2016 Ars Nova production

New York Times review of 2016 Ars Nova production

Interview with Marty Moss-Coane on Radio Times

Newsworks review of 2015 FringeArts production

DC Metro review of 2015 FringeArts production

Inquirer review of 2015 FringeArts production

NOLA Defender review of 2013 production.

ANT Fest video interview with Jenn on 2014 production.


Director | TAIBI MAGAR
Production Design | TILLY GRIMES
Scenic Design | STEVEN DUFALA 
Lighting Design | OONA CURLEY 

Fight Choreography |RYAN BOURQUE
Movement Consultant |DAVID NEUMANN
Production Stage Manager |LISA McGINN
Associate Scenic Design |YOU-SHIN CHEN
Associate Costume Design |CAITY MULKEARNS
Associate Lighting Design |SARAH STOLNACK
Assistant Sound Design | LEE KINNEY
Assistant Stage Manager |NATALIE HRATKO

2013-2015 Director – Sarah Sanford

2013-2015 Sound Design – Alex Bechtel

2013-2015 Costume Design – Katherine Fritz