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Blood at the Root

Thursday, November 16, 2017 7:30PM
Arthur Miller Theatre

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Blood at the Root

a drama by Dominique Morisseau

Department of Theatre & Drama

General Admission by Floor $30• Students $12 w/ID

On a hot fall day, African-American senior Raylynn breaks tradition to sit under the old oak tree in front of the high school that is usually a gathering place for white students. The next day, three nooses are found hanging from the tree. The school shrugs it off as a prank, but racial tensions continue to mount until winter when six black students beat up a white student in the cafeteria. As the six are charged, the citizens of the town must contemplate the nature of racial bias and whether justice is truly blind.

Blood at the Root is based on the true case of the Jena Six in 2006. The play was commissioned by Penn State University in 2012, and then toured across the U.S. and internationally, finding global resonance. Award-winning Department of Theatre & Drama alumna Dominique Morisseau is a dynamic, fast-rising playwright. Her play, Pipeline, debuted at the Lincoln Center Theater this summer. Her three-play cycle, The Detroit Project, which explores key moments in the history of the Motor City, includes Detroit '67 (winner of the Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama), Paradise Blue, and Skeleton Crew. “[Blood at the Root] catalyzes conversations on difficult and essential questions of race and justice.” (The New York Times) Join us for this timely and provocative drama.

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