The Cast

Ruffrino: Kyle Fox Douglas
Nadine: Stormi Demerson
Matthew: Dennis Raveneau
Caged_Bird99: Katy Tye
Officer: Clay Yocum
Chorus: Jalen Clark
Chorus: Gelacio Eric Gibson
Chorus: Joneé Lewis

The Production Team

Director: Rhonda Boutté*
Stage Manager: Ruth H Stephenson*
Set Design: Bob Lavallee
Lighting Design: Aaron Johansen*
Costume Design: Jen J. Madison*
Sound Design: John M. Flores*
Prop Design: Cindy Ernst-Godinez
Fight Choreography: Bill Lengfelder*
Video Design: H Bart McGeehon
Technical Director: Drew Wall*
Assistant Director: Jamal Gibran Sterling*

*KDT Artistic Company Member


by Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm

*NNPN Rolling World Premiere*

June 9 - July 1, 2017

Anchor Mainstage Production of the 2017 New Works Festival

Directed by: KDT Artistic Company Member Rhonda Boutté

Lynchburg, Virginia. The former site of a thriving cotton mill is now an impoverished neighborhood. Deeply affected by all the recent killings of young black men like himself, Ruffrino, a 14-year-old boy who longs to wake up the zombies by any means necessary. More and more at odds with his mother and grandfather, the boy’s anger grows beyond containment while the family home literally sinks into the cotton field, which no one seems to notice but him.

Br'er Cotton tackles complicated issues of racism and racial identity through the lens of these three generations' wildly different attitudes and responses. The play raises tough questions that have no easy answers and does it in a way that is fiercely theatrical, fresh, and innovative. KDT Artistic Company Member Rhonda Boutté directs this timely and exciting new work, which, in perfect alignment with Kitchen Dog's mission, brings to the forefront questions of identity, morality, justice, and power.

Ticket Prices
Opening Night: $40 (includes free drinks)
Adult: $20 (Wed/Thurs/Sun) & $30 (Fri/Sat)
Student, Senior, KERA Discounts: $15 (Wed/Thurs/Sun) & $25 (Fri/Sat)
Box office opens at 7:30pm.

NNPN Rolling World Premiere Producing Partners: Cleveland Public Theatre (Ohio) Lower Depth Theatre Ensemble  (Los Angeles, CA) 

NNPN Rolling World Premiere Producing Partners:

Cleveland Public Theatre (Ohio)

Lower Depth Theatre Ensemble  (Los Angeles, CA) 


What to Know


The Trinity River Arts Center
2600 North Stemmons Freeway
Suite 180
Dallas, TX 75207


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