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  Blood at the Root at Anacostia Playhouse

Blood at the Root

Anacostia Playhouse
2020 Shannon Place SE Washington

When a black student disrupts the status quo at her high school by occupying space typically reserved for white students, her community erupts in hate speech, violence and chaos. Inspired by the Jena Six case, which roiled tensions in Louisiana in 2006, Dominique Morisseau’s play scrutinizes the intrinsic links between justice, bias and identity. Moving, lyrical and bold, Blood at the Root probes the complexities of race, individual freedoms and what justice means when biases have been normalized. Watch it unfold at the Anacostia Playhouse in Washington, DC.

Thru - Mar 24, 2019

Wednesdays: 11:00am
Thursdays: 8:00pm
Fridays: 8:00pm
Saturdays: 8:00pm
Sundays: 2:00pm

  Blood at the Root Reviews
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BroadwayWorld - Recommended

"...The title comes from "Strange Fruit," Billie Holiday's 1937 protest song: "Southern trees bear strange fruit / Blood on the leaves and blood at the root." Despite its apt summation, Ms. Morisseau chose the title long before she knew what the play would be about. The tree, a prophetic symbol for what Blood at the Root would become, only exists with the roots underneath it. Raylynn begs her community - her classmates and her audience - to drag inequality into the light and to fight for context as a tool for education and justice. As the last Rule of Engagement states: "This is community. Let's go."
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Jack Read

DC Metro Theater Arts - Highly Recommended

"...Raymond O. Caldwell kicks off his new Producing Artistic Directorship at Theater Alliance with a production of Dominque Morisseau's Blood at the Root that is bursting with youthful exuberance, critical race issues, emotional authenticity, and astonishing beauty. It is a powerfully auspicious debut."
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John Stoltenberg

MD Theatre Guide - Highly Recommended

"...Every once in a while a play comes along that is so electric and alive and thought-provoking and mesmerizing that you want to shout about it from the rooftops. This is one such play. Don't miss this one."
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Mary Ann Johnson

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