Blood at the Root

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Show Dates: 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 to Saturday, April 5, 2014

by Dominique Morisseau

directed by Steve Broadnax

March 25–April 5

Penn State Downtown Theatre Center

BLOOD AT THE ROOT by Dominique Morisseau is a new drama inspired by the Jena Six. The Jena Six were six black teenagers convicted in the beating of a white student at Jena High School in Jena, Louisiana. The six black students were charged with attempted murder for a schoolyard fight after nooses were hung from a large tree in the center of the school courtyard. The tree was referred to by students as the "white tree,” so when a black student requested to sit under the tree, nooses were hung the following day. The conviction of the Jena Six was cited as an example of racial injustice in the United States, due to a belief that the defendants had been charged with too-serious offenses and had been treated unfairly. This bold new play examines the miscarriage of justice, racial double standards, and the crisis in relations between men and women of all classes and, as a result, the shattering state of black family life.

Previews at 7:30 p.m.: March 25 and 27

Opening Night at 7:30 p.m.: March 28

Evenings at 7:30 p.m.: March 29, 31, April 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Matinees at 2 p.m.: March 29, April 5

Evenings: $18 Preview/Matinee: $16

Penn State Student: $12 (with valid PSU ID)

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