Director: Lara Toner Haddock
Stage Manager: Barry Miller
Set Designer: Mike Toner
Costume Designer: Diana Huckaby
Lighting Designer: Chris Conard
Sound Designer: Robert Fisher
Properties Designer: Jennifer Singletary
September 7 - 30, 2018
Dr. Lisa B. Thompson
Lara Toner Haddock
A world premiere production and 2018 winner of AP's Festival of New Texas Plays
Following the lynching death of her older brother, Cherry must decide whether being the keeper of her family’s roots and cultural traditions justifies living under Jim Crow. Set in rural Louisiana during the Great Migration, Monroe explores how the threat and aftermath of racial terror dominates the psyches of young African Americans, while offering hope for a better future.
about the playwright
Lisa B. Thompson is an award winning theatre artist and scholar whose critically acclaimed plays exploring issues of race, class, sexuality and gender have been produced across the United States and internationally. Recently in Austin, her play Underground received its world premiere at The VORTEX and won the 2017 Austin Critics Table David Mark Cohen New Play Award. Thompson’s other plays include The Mamalogues, Dinner, Single Black Female (nominee for the 2005 LA Weekly Theatre Award for best comedy), and Dreadtime Stories: One Sista’s Hair (Inner City Cultural Center Talent Festival Finalist). She is Associate Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies and affiliate faculty in the departments of English, Women and Gender Studies and Theatre and Dance at the University of Texas at Austin. This year, Thompson was honored with a Texas 10 Award, given annually to UT’s most inspiring professors by the Alcalde magazine.
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