By Erika Dickerson-Despenza
Directed by Candis C. Jones
Premiering as an audio play at The Public, 2021 Susan Blackburn Prize winner Erika Dickerson-Despenza’s shadow/land returns in Spring 2023 with a stunning live production.
As Hurricane Katrina begins her ruin, tensions between duty & desire surface, a levee is brought to its knees & Ruth must wrestle with all that she's ready to let go. shadow/land is a lyrical meditation on legacy, erotic fugitivity, and self-determination.
Directed by Lilly Award winner Candis C. Jones, shadow/land is the first installment of a 10-play cycle traversing the Katrina diaspora in an examination of the ongoing effects of disaster, evacuation, displacement, and urban renewal rippling in and beyond New Orleans.
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- shadow/land Playbill
- Tune into the Public Square 2.0 podcast for some bonus content on shadow/land. Learn more about the creative process with host, Garlia Cornelia Jones, speaks with Jill M. Vallery (Movement Director), Delfeayo Marsalis (Composer), and Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew (Lighting Designer) about their creative process and bringing to life their work onto the stage. Tune in now!
- Immerse yourself in shadow/land: SETTING THE SCENE – a handpicked playlist by Erika Dickerson-Despenza, inspired by shado/land and the lasting impact of Hurricane Katrina.
Lynnette R Freeman
Understudy Grand Marshal
Original Music Composer
Hair, Wig, and Makeup Design
Voice & Speech Coach
Production Stage Manager