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by Tearrance Arvelle
NNPN Rolling World Premiere
JUNE 9 - JULY 1, 2017
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-oldmilitant 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.