Written & Performed by Liza Jessie Peterson
Directed by Talvin Wilks
The Peculiar Patriot, the hilarious yet scathing indictment of the criminal justice system starring Liza Jessie Peterson and directed by Talvin Wilks is returning to National Black Theatre in preparation for a national tour this fall. The multimedia, one-woman show, which had its world premiere to a galvanizing, sold-out run in September, 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, and navigates love amid barbed wire. As she shares neighborhood updates and gossip and reminisces about friends, Betsy delivers a clarion call about the mass incarceration crisis in this country, one that sees more than 2.5 million people behind bars and disproportionately affects people of color.