2018-19 Season 16

Blood at the Root

by Dominique Morisseau
Directed by Raymond O. Caldwell
Choreographed by Tiffany Quinn

Feb 23 – March 24, 2019

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, 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.


Production Team

Props Designer  Sarah Conte 
Technical Director  Chris Foote
Master Electrician  Elliott Shugoll
Scenic Artist  Bridget Willingham

This production has been generously sponsored by Holly Hassett.

2020 Helen Hayes Awards


  • Outstanding Production
  • Outstanding Ensemble
  • Outstanding Lead Performer in a Play— Billie Krishawn
  • Outstanding Director
  • Outstanding Choreography in a Play
  • Outstanding Lighting Design
  • Outstanding Sound Design

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