Access on Tuesday, January 22 at 2:00 PM.


Shiva Theater

February 20 - February 22, 2019

Public Studio

Book & Bars by Zeniba Britt
Music & Lyrics by Jay Adana
Directed by Awoye Timpo

The Lisa Quiroz Emerging Writers Groups’ Public Studio presents the first act of THE LOOPHOLE, an epic new musical-in-progress by Public Theater #BARS Alumni and Dramatists Guild Foundation Fellows Zeniba Britt (book and bars) and Jay Adana (music and lyrics).

It is 1863 and America is at war with itself. Just outside of Atlanta, Polly, a biracial cartographer, spends her days working with her white father making and selling maps. Her father has set up his family’s former plantation as the perfect place to hide his gifted daughter, but her lover Acker wants her to leave for an untethered life out west. As the war closes in, Polly must choose to protect her work and privilege or fight for love and freedom with an all black battalion of the Union Army.

Fresh from Good Grief and Homecoming QueenAwoye Timpo directs this folk/rap alternative history of a still resonant civil war.

PUBLIC STUDIO is a performance series dedicated exclusively to developing the work of emerging writers. More than a workshop, but not a full production, this middle step provides the important opportunity for writers to work in a laboratory environment, rehearse with actors and a director, incorporate bare-bones design elements, and open the process to an audience over a series of performances. 

PUBLIC STUDIO was founded with support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and The Time Warner Foundation. Continued support for Public Studio is provided by The Time Warner Foundation.

Access on Tuesday, January 22 at 2:00 PM.

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Background Image Photo Credit: Joseph Augstein

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