As Sara Freeman strives to leave behind the demons of her brother’s untimely deaths during the draft riots and carve a new future, the worlds of both Five Points and Uptown infiltrate her life – forcing an accelerated transition. As she glimpses her place in the broader world, Sara realizes she may need to resort to drastic action to reclaim her strength.
About Tessa Thompson
Tessa Thompson is a Los Angeles, California native who was raised part-time in Brooklyn, New York. She was drawn to the theater at an early age, but made her professional debut at 18 playing Juliet in Romeo and Juliet: Antebellum New Orleans 1836 (the Theatre at Boston Court) for which she received an NAACP Image Award nomination. After appearing in countless other productions, she then appeared in the American premiere of David Grieg’s Pyrenees, opposite Frances Conroy and Tom Irwin, for Center Theatre Group at the Kirk Douglas Theatre.
On television she has been a series regular on Veronica Mars and has had recurring roles on Grey’s Anatomy, Heroes, Private Practice, 666 Park Avenue, and more. In film, Thompson starred in the multi award-winning drama Mississippi Damned, for which she was awarded a Grand Jury prize for Best Actress. She also starred in the film adaptation of Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls (Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf) starring opposite Thandie Newton and Whoopie Goldberg. She most recently co-produced and starred in the film Grantham and Rose. She also performs in the LA-based band Caught a Ghost.