Friday, March 16, 2012


A World Premiere
By Jacqueline E. Lawton
Directed by Lindsay Gentry

WHEN: March 23 - April 7; Wednesday, March 28 at 7:00 PM; Thursday March 22 (Final Dress) and April 5th at 8:00 PM; Friday, March 23, 30, and April 6 at 8:00 PM; Saturday March 24, 31, and April 7 at 8:00 PM; Sunday, April 1 at 3:00 PM
The Strand Theater,
1823 N. Charles Street, Baltimore
TICKETS: $25 Opening Night; $20 Adults, $15 Seniors, $10 Students
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“What you’re trying to hide won’t stay hid.”

One of humanity’s most primal stories is reimagined with compassion and poetry in this ambitious offering from our Friends & Neighbors Festival. Jocasta is a young black woman in depression-era Texas, who decides to pass as white in the big city. When she marries Laius—the heir to an oil baron—and becomes pregnant with Oedipus, her racial identity cannot remain hidden…or can it? One desperate lie instigates a catastrophic wave of bloodshed, and disaster envelops a nation.

Jacqueline E. Lawton (Playwright) received her MFA in Playwriting from the University of Texas at Austin, where she was a James A. Michener Fellow. She participated in the Kennedy Center’s Playwrights’ Intensive (2002) and World Interplay (2003). She is the author of Anna K; Blood-Bound and Tongue Tied; Deep Belly Beautiful; The Devil’s Sweet Water; The Hampton Years; Ira Aldridge: The African Roscius; Lions of Industry, Mothers of Invention; Love Brothers Serenade and Mad Breed.

Lawton’s work has been developed and presented at the following venues: Active Cultures, Classical Theater of Harlem, Folger Shakespeare Library, theHegira, Howard University, Kennedy Center’s Page to Stage Festival, Rorschach Theater Company, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Source Theatre Festival, Theater J, and Woolly Mammoth Theater Company. She has received commissions from Active Cultures Theater, Discovery Theater, the Hurston/Wright Foundation, National Portrait Gallery, National Museum of American History, Round House Theatre and Theater J. She is published in Experiments in a Jazz Aesthetic: Art, Activism, Academia, and the Austin Project (University of Texas Press).

Lawton has been nominated for the Wendy Wasserstein Prize and a PONY Fellowship from the Lark Play Development Center. She was named one of 30 of the nation’s leading black playwrights by Arena Stage’s American Voices New Play Institute. Lawton is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships including two Young Artist Program Grants from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities for Playwriting; the Ellsworth P. and Virginia Conkle Endowed Scholarship for Drama; the Jean McKenzie Schenkkan Endowed Scholarship in Playwriting; and the Morton Brown, Nellie Lea Brown, and Minelma Brown Lockwood Endowed Scholarship in Playwriting. She is a three-time semi-finalist for the Playwright’s Center PlayLabs, and a SheWrites Festival finalist. Currently, she resides in D.C. and is a Professor of Theater at the University of the District of Columbia.