Liberty! is a stirring retelling of the historic confrontation
between Texas patriots and the Mexican army, commanded by Santa Anna. While
adhering faithfully to the facts of the matter, Taylor's
compelling portraits of the men and women, Texan, Tejano, black and white, who
chose to defend liberty with their lives.
Taylor wrote, "When I had a chance to visit
the Alamo, I was immediately struck by how many of the names on the walls – the
defenders who chose to stay and defend the Alamo –were Hispanic, bringing home
the fact that this fight for freedom was more than just an Anglo-American
concern. There were also names of people from England, Ireland, Scotland,
Germany, Scandinavia – a real international brotherhood. The Alamo story is a
real story about real people who chose to stand and fight for their freedom even
though they knew that they would almost certainly die.
The show debuted in San Antonio to nightly standing ovations at
the Josephine Theatre.
The studio recording of Bernard Taylor's Liberty! features an international
cast with Michael Berlet, Richard Warren, Richard Austin, Jeffrey
Jones-Ragona, Matt Elizondo, other soloists and members of the Capital City
Men's Chorus of Austin, Texas.
The show requires a minimum cast of about 40 including the chorus. Orchestrations are available for
either a pit
orchestra of 16 or a symphonic orchestra.
Colonel Davy Crockett
Colonel Jim Bowie
William Barrett Travis
Daniel Cloud, a young Kentucky lawyer
Captain Almeron Dickinson
Mrs. Dickinson (Susannah)
Consuela Esparza, a Tejano woman
Dr. James Grant, a land-hungry troublemaker
Joe, a slave
Micajah Autry, a poet
Juan Seguin, a leading citizen of San Antonio
General Cos, Santa Anna's military emissary
Foreigners (Foreigner's Song:)
James E. Stewart
Jameson, an emissary sent to negotiate with Santa Anna
David Wilson, a Scotsman
Young Man (Act One, Scene Two)
2nd Man (Act One, Scene Five)
3rd Man (Act One, Scene Five)
Courier (Act Two, Scene One)
Various soloists (Riding The Wind, Foreigner’s Song, A Place In the Sun);
Anglos and Hispanics, Townspeople and Defenders, Grant’s Group, etc.
Please see Production Enquiries for
licensing contacts. Libretto and midi files are available upon request;
contact Bernard J. Taylor.
Backing tracks, and orchestrations are available from Karl
Logue, Loguerhythm Productions.