Blood at the Root

by  Dominique Morisseau

Full Length Play, Drama  /  3m, 3f

"Blood at the Rootby Dominique Morisseau should be compulsory viewing for all students." - Glam Adelaide

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Blood at the Root

by  Dominique Morisseau

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    105 Minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Docudrama/Historic, Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

A striking new ensemble drama based on the Jena Six; six Black students who were initially charged with attempted murder for a school fight after being provoked with nooses hanging from a tree on campus. This bold new play by Dominique Morisseau (Sunset BabyDetroit '67Skeleton Crew) examines the miscarriage of justice, racial double standards, and the crises in relations between men and women of all classes and, as a result, the shattering state of Black family life.
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REVIEWS 

"Dominique Morisseau knows where the truth lies, and it is rarely on solid ground." - The New York Times, Read More 

"Blood At the Root by Dominique Morisseau should be compulsory viewing for all students [...] fascinating storytelling from the tight, punchy script." - Glam Adelaide, Read More 

"Morisseau has written an exquisite play [...] a powerful collaborative piece." - Edinburgh Spotlight, Read More


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Keywords

Black issues

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: New Millennium/21st Century
  • Duration: 105 Minutes
  • Setting: In and around the community of Cedar High School
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

3m, 3f
RAYLYNN
TORIA
ASHA
JUSTIN
COLIN
DE'ANDRE
DISTRICT ATTORNEY (DA)
PRINCIPAL MILLER
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Cast Attributes

  • Role(s) for Black Actor(s)
  • Ensemble cast
  • Features Teens

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Authors

Dominique Morisseau

DOMINIQUE MORISSEAU is the author of The Detroit Project (A 3-Play Cycle) which includes the following plays: Skeleton Crew (Atlantic Theater Company), Paradise Blue (Signature Theatre), and Detroit ’67 (Public Theater, Classical Theatre of Harlem and NBT). Additional plays include: Pipeline (Lincoln Center Theatre), ...

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Blood at the Root premiered at the Penn State School of Theater in March 2014 under the direction of Steven Broadnax.

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