by Dominique Morisseau
directed by Steve Broadnax
March 25–April 5
Penn State Downtown Theatre Center
Inspired by the Jena Six and the “white tree.”
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)
music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine
directed by Kasey Graham
February 18–March 1
What happens after HAPPILY EVER AFTER, after all?
In Sondheim and Lapine’s beloved musical retelling of the Grimm classics, a parade of familiar folktale figures find their way “Into the Woods” and try to get home before dark.
Previews at 7:30 p.m.: February 18 and 20
Opening Night at 7:30 p.m.: Friday, February 21
Preshow Dinner (Nittany Lion Inn) 5:30 p.m.: Friday, February 21
Evenings at 7:30 p.m.: February 22, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, March 1
Matinees at 2 p.m.: February 22, March 1
Penn State Student: $12 (with valid PSU ID) Opening Night Nittany Lion Inn Dinner, Feb. 21: $40 (DOES NOT INCLUDE SHOW TICKET) (Cash bar at 5:00 p.m.; dinner at 5:30 p.m., in the Faculty Staff Club at the Nittany Lion Inn)