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The Peculiar Patriot Special Civic Engagement Talk Back

  • National Black Theater 2031 Fifth Avenue (National Black Theatre Way) New York, NY 10035 (map)

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.