Written & Performed by Liza Jessie Peterson
Directed by Talvin Wilks
The Peculiar Patriot was nominated in the 64th Annual Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Solo Performance and Outstanding Set Design. It was also nominated by The Boston Theater Critics Association for an Elliot Norton Award for an Outstanding Solo Performance. It is a hilarious, yet a scathing indictment of the criminal justice system.
The multimedia, one-woman show, which had its world premiere to a galvanizing, sold-out run in September 2017, 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.
Unfortunately, this event is not available to the general public. We will announce any future public showings.