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Will Geer‘s Theatricum Botanicum presents the world premiere of Trouble the Water, adapted from Rebecca Bruff’s 2019 award-winning historical novel of the same name, recounting the extraordinary story of African American hero, Robert Smalls. The play will run from July 9 – October 2nd.


Learn more, purchase tickets, and find a complete schedule of performances HERE!



Rebecca Dwight Bruff is the author of the award-winning debut novel, Trouble the Water, published June 2019, and the non-fiction book, Loving the World with God, published 2014. Bruff earned her bachelors degree in education at Texas A&M University and master and doctorate degrees in theology, both from Southern Methodist University. In 2017, she was a scholarship recipient for the prestigious Key West Literary Seminar. She volunteers at the Pat Conroy Literary Center in Beaufort, South Carolina. She’s published non-fiction, plays a little tennis, travels when she can, and loves life in the low country with her husband and an exuberant golden retriever. www.rebeccabruff.com