Friday, April 6, 2012


Blood-bound and Tongue-tied
By Jacqueline E. Lawton
Directed by Lindsay Gentry

WHEN: Thursday, Friday and Saturday, at 8 PM
Strand Theater Company, 1823 N. Charles Street, Baltimore
TICKETS: $20 adults, $15 seniors, $10 students, $8 artists (enter “artist” code)

"This is a company that takes on tough, provocative works, and Jacqueline E. Lawton’s bold and compelling play, Blood-bound and Tongue-tied, is no exception." DC Theatre Scene

"The play’s intense pitch is evident from the first scene, in which Jocasta (Kelli Wright) tells her brother Creon (Morgan Mosley) that she intends to pass for white. Set in Great Depression-era Texas, Lawton’s play creates a scene in which racial discrimination is the norm while drawing upon the ancient Greek myth of Oedipus for inspiration." City Paper

“What you’re trying to hide won’t stay hid.”

Blood-bound and Tongue-tied is an intriguing and poetic adaptation of the Oedipus Rex myth. Set in Texas during the depression, Blood-bound and Tongue-tied follows the astonishing journey of Jocasta, an African-American woman who passes for White and shuns her entire past when she falls in love with, Laius, a successful White politician. With the birth of their son, Oedipus, Jocasta's lies instigate a wave of bloodshed and carnage on the African American community. Blood-bound and Tongue-tied is a provocative and riveting new play, which demonstrates the detrimental and lasting effects that racism and self-hatred can have on the social mobility, psychological conditioning, and personal identification of African Americans in the United States.

Performers: Derek Cooper, Chris Knight, Morgan Mosley, Ann Turiano, and Kelli Wright

About the Playwright:
Jacqueline E. Lawton’s work has been developed and presented at Active Cultures, Classical Theater of Harlem, Folger Shakespeare Library, theHegira, Howard University, Kennedy Center’s Page to Stage Festival, and Woolly Mammoth Theater Company. Lawton has been nominated for the Wendy Wasserstein Prize and a PONY Fellowship from the Lark Play Development Center and was named one of 30 of the nation’s leading black playwrights by Arena Stage’s American Voices New Play Institute. Lawton will receive her first mainstage production at a major regional theater with her latest play, The Hampton Years, which will close Washington, DC's Theater J's 2012–13 Season.

The Strand Theater Company is dedicated to providing opportunities for women artists, writers, designers and directors. With a focus on producing original works, the Strand hopes to foster a love of theater for a new generation of patrons.