The Peculiar Patriot
Sep
13
to Oct 2

The Peculiar Patriot

Written and Performed by Liza Jessie Peterson
Directed by Talvin Wilks

The Peculiar Patriot confronts the complex and critical issue of mass incarceration. With more than 2.5 million people behind bars, America is the world’s leading prison superpower. The Peculiar Patriot examines the human impact and inhuman machinery of the prison industrial complex and shines a glaring light on the racial disparities that feed the draconian system. The play follows protagonist Betsy LaQuanda Ross, a self-proclaimed peculiar patriot, as she makes regular visits to penitentiaries to boost the morale of her incarcerated friends and family, navigating love between barbed wire. As she shares neighborhood updates and gossip and reminisces about family, Betsy delivers a shrewd indictment of the criminal justice system in her own authentic and inimitable style, with a heavy dose of humor to boot.

PREVIEWS: September 13, 2017 - September 16, 2017 (Wednesday - Friday: 7:30 pm, Saturday: 2:00 pm & 7:30 PM)
OPENING NIGHT GALA: September 17, 2017 4:00PM
PRODUCTION RUN: September 17, 2017 - October 1, 2017 (Wednesday - Friday: 7:30 pm, Saturday: 2:00 pm & 7:30 PM, Sunday: 4:00 PM)

NOTE: There will be NO LATE SEATING for these performances. Once the show begins each night, no one else will be allowed in. 

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CHASING MEHSERLE
Nov
20
to Dec 1

CHASING MEHSERLE

By Chinaka Hodge

"Chasing Mehserle could be more of a meditation, an exorcism of our anger and demons, a ritual for allowing audiences, actors, directors and myself to name our pain and to have it be heard. It's a safe space to yell, which is all I really wanted to do. And, I MUST tell you—this play is NOT about Oscar Grant. It is about the people who internalized his story, who sometimes made it about them, who saw themselves on that platform and wanted to yell or sob or give up. It is about my city, our city, which is so often the battleground on which so many of our country's political battles begin. It is about family, and how far we will go to protect our own. It is also about safety—what I couldn't manufacture for my younger brothers—but what they so easily deserve. Safety is the birthright of all humans, but so often black men, particularly young black men are stripped of it"  Chinaka Hodge. This work is supported by our CRITICAL BREAKS Residency. 

 

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DC HIP-HOP THEATER FESTIVAL
Jul
6
to Jul 13

DC HIP-HOP THEATER FESTIVAL

The DC Hip-Hop Theater Festival (DC HHTF) celebrates its seventeenth year. The festival features some of the freshest work in theater and performance reflecting the breath of Hip-Hop and urban culture.  By bringing together local and national artists, activists, and organic intellectuals the DC HHTF remains one of the premier spaces to see work that reflects and pushes the boundaries of theater, film, dance and education. For more information click here

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TRY/STEP/TRIP
Jun
27
7:00pm 7:00pm

TRY/STEP/TRIP

Dahlak Braithwaite's Try/Step/Trip is a timely and important piece in our CRITICAL BREAKS Residency Program. In this work, addiction, religion and the law intersect in a court-ordered drug rehabilitation program. An "anonymous" narrator re-imagines drug court in order to understand his place in what appears to be a rite of passage as a young Black male through the criminal justice system. 

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HARLEM TO HOLLYWOOD
Jun
5
to Jun 16

HARLEM TO HOLLYWOOD

As part of our CRITICAL BREAKS Residency Program Malik Yoba and Kevin Ramsey return to Hi-ARTS with their work Harlem to Hollywood.  After a first run in April 2016, both artists will continue to develop their piece at Hi-ARTS. In Harlem to Hollywood Yoba plays himself in this one-man show about his life from the crime-ridden streets of New York City in the 1960s to the colorful lights of Hollywood, portraying through words and music the many characters, adventures and tales that have shaped his life. Please note: there is no public presentation scheduled for this residency. 

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LA PALOMA PRISONER 
May
23
7:00pm 7:00pm

LA PALOMA PRISONER 

By Raquel Almazan

La Paloma Prisoner is a multi-disciplinary play about the reclamation of identity by incarcerated women in the Colombian prison system. This new play centers on an incarcerated killer nicknamed “La Paloma” who transcendentally soars beyond physical and societal barriers to avenge the raped women of Bogota, leading the public to believe La Paloma may have magical avenger abilities. Based on the true story of a group of female inmates selected every year as beauty queen contestants at the Buen Pastor prison in Bogota, this new play interweaves the ritualistic journey of a “parade of prisoners” with Colombia’s social, political, and spiritual history. Claiming this newfound power, the women redefine beauty, their own humanity, and their identity as criminals. La Paloma Prisoner revolutionizes not only the women’s lives, but prison society and the world beyond its walls. Unlocking Female Incarceration panel discussion to follow performance. This work is supported by our CRITICAL BREAKS Residency. * Please note - The work contains adult language and subject matter that may not be suitable for young audiences.

 

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