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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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Earlier Event: July 6
DC HIP-HOP THEATER FESTIVAL
Later Event: September 23
Heartbreak Hotel: Whitney