Caits Meissner and Robert Pollock of PEN America join as special guests for the community talk back post-show engagement with National Black Theater. The Peculiar Patriot, written and performed by Liza Jesse Peterson, confronts the complex and critical issue of mass incarceration. The play follows protagonist Betsy LaQuanda Ross, a self-proclaimed peculiar patriot, as she makes regular visits to penitentiaries to boost the morale of her incarcerated friends and family, navigating love between barbed wire. As she shares neighborhood updates and gossip and reminisces about family, Betsy delivers a shrewd indictment of the criminal justice system in her own authentic and inimitable style, with a heavy dose of humor to boot.
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Earlier Event: June 27Online Workshop: & They Call Us Crazy: Outsider Writing To Cross the Borders of the Human Imagination
Later Event: August 14Feature, Melissa Czarnik's Beat Music Series