The Guthrie Theater, in association with The Public Theater, presents

Sally & Tom

McGuire Proscenium Stage

A groundbreaking world premiere

After spending three years in Paris, founding father Thomas Jefferson returns to his Monticello plantation in rural Virginia where the complexities of his relationship with Sally Hemings, the teenage sister of his enslaved valet and chef, begin to unfold. Monticello is not Paris, and everything — yet nothing — feels the same. In this clever collision of American history and theater, acclaimed playwright and Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks spotlights the unexpected parallels between 1790 and today while taking the audience on a journey through the past that inevitably catches up with the present.

Three things to know

  • Suzan-Lori Parks is one of the most acclaimed playwrights in American theater today. Named among Time magazine’s 100 Innovators for the Next Wave, she is the first African American woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, she is a MacArthur Genius Award recipient and she was awarded the prestigious Gish Prize for excellence in the arts. 
  • A revival of Parks’ award-winning masterpiece Topdog/Underdog is slated to open on Broadway in October 2022. Her new work Plays for the Plague Year will receive its world premiere at The Public Theater in New York City this fall.
  • In November 2022, Parks will be inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame.

Ticket prices

Prices range from $20 to $79.

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Venue info

Sally & Tom will take place on the McGuire Proscenium Stage.

Pro tip: Can't do stairs or have a special seating request? Call the Box Office for details. 

Run time

Approximately 2 hours, 45 minutes (including intermission)


ASL-interpreted, audio-described and open-captioned performances are available on select dates.

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Health and safety

As COVID-19 prevention efforts continue to evolve, we are adjusting our health and safety policies as needed. Effective immediately, masks are required for all Sunday performances. Masks are encouraged but not required for all Tuesday – Saturday performances. Proof of vaccination is not required to see a performance at the Guthrie.

Content advisory

This production contains mature language and themes. See below or call the Box Office for more information.

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Play guide and program

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A word from Suzan-Lori Parks

“I’m embracing two institutions I hold dear — America and theater — and putting them together in an incisive and joyous atomic super-collider. We come to know the ways in which Sally Hemings and her other Black family members navigated the harsh truths of 1790 as well as the ways we are still navigating some of those truths today. We also come to understand how the white Jefferson family embraced some of the less-than-noble truths on which the founding fathers built America.”



Kristen Ariza


Amari Cheatom


Sun Mee Chomet


Gillian Glasco


Kadeem Ali Harris


Kate Nowlin


Daniel Petzold


Luke Robertson


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Creative Team

Suzan-Lori Parks


Steve H. Broadnax III


Riccardo Hernández

Scenic Designer

Emilio Sosa

Costume Designer

Alan C. Edwards

Lighting Designer

Curtis Craig

Sound Designer

Carla Steen

Resident Dramaturg

Keely Wolter

Vocal Coach

Maija García

Movement Director

Mike Rossmy

Fight Director

Karl Alphonso

Stage Manager

Olivia Louise Tree Plath

Assistant Stage Manager

Jennifer Liestman

Resident Casting Director

Kelsey Rainwater


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