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By Dominique Morrisseau
Directed by Katrinah Carol Lewis 

Blood at the Root, a bold drama based on the events surrounding the Jena Six case that examines the miscarriage of justice, racial double standards, and the crises in relations between men and women of all classes.  

On a hot fall day, a black student sits under the old oak tree in front of the high school that is usually a gathering place for white students. The next day, three nooses are found hanging from the tree. Racial tensions continue to mount until winter when six black students beat up a white student in the cafeteria and all the students are forced to confront the nature of racial bias.  Moving, lyrical, and bold, Morrisseau'sBlood at the Root offers an exciting challenge for a community of young actors to create art addressing the most challenging issues of our time. 



We know that watching our virtual performances of Blood at the Root will leave you with a lot to think and talk about, so we're hosting post show discussions on Friday, February 12 and Saturday, February 13, right after the performances at 8:30pm. No matter which day you watch the performance, come to one of these discussions to meet the cast and talk to your fellow audience members. This is a fascinating play that examines some of the most challenging issues of our time, and we can't wait to hear your thoughts!


“What Lies Beneath the Jena Six Case in Blood at the Root," American Theatre 

“The Truth About Jena,” The Atlantic, February 2008