"The Black Count [of Monte Cristo] is a wonderful, harrowing musical that ably balances epic scope with the everyday realities of racism."
Edmond Dantes, a young black sailor in 19th century France, is falsely accused of a crime he didn't commit. After fourteen years in prison, he makes a daring escape, and with newfound wealth at his disposal, sets out to even the score. Cleverly disguised, Dantes slips back into the lives of his enemies and, one by one, sets them up for a fall that will cost them their lives. Both avenging angel and defender of the innocent, Dantes fights to free himself from a past that nearly destroyed him in this musical adaptation of the Dumas classic.
The Black Count of Monte Cristo is a faithful adaptation of Alexandre Dumas' novel that explores the little known connection between the author's Haitian-born father and Edmond Dantes, the unforgettable protagonist he created.
Jack Phillips Moore
Associate Dramaturg, New Writing
The Public Theater