We had the pleasure of speaking with scholar Dr. Rebecca Hall and actor DeWanda Wise on the Popternative show about the audio play Wake: The Hidden History of Women-Led Slave Revolts which premiered exclusively on Audible on June 17, 2022. Originally published as part graphic novel and part memoir by Rebecca Hall, Podium Audio acquired the exclusive global audio rights to Wake, which was named one of the Best Books of 2021 by NPR. Over the last year, Podium Audio developed this work into a feature-length audio play in partnership with critically acclaimed playwright and television writer Tyler English-Beckwith.

Starring DeWanda Wise, Wake is an imaginative tour-de-force that tells the powerful story of women-led slave revolts, and chronicles scholar Dr. Rebecca Hall’s efforts to uncover the truth about these women warriors who, until now, have been left out of the historical record. The cast also includes Chanté Adams, Jerrie Johnson, Fọlákẹ́ Olówófôyekù, Katherine McNamara, Bahni Turpin, Rhian Rees, Karen Malina White, Román Zaragoza, Alex Ubokudom, John Clarence Stewart, Blake Cooper Griffin, Tim DeKay, Kate Steele, André Sogliuzzo and Matthew Wolf.

In our interview, Dr. Hall discusses the accessibility component of both the graphic novel and audio play which reaches a wider audience in order to highlight important historical knowledge that is often left out of popular culture and history. DeWanda also discusses lending her voice to this project as opposed to being on-screen, as well as the importance of oral storytelling.

Watch the full interview with Dr. Rebecca Hall and DeWanda Wise below.

Wake is now available on Audible.

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