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Cullud Wattah


LuEsther Hall
July 9 - August 16, 2020

World Premiere
Written by Public Studio Alum Erika Dickerson-Despenza
Directed by Candis C. Jones

2019-2020 Tow Playwright-in-Residence Erika Dickerson-Despenza’s new Afro-surrealist play premieres at The Public about three generations of Black women living through the current water crisis in Flint, Michigan.

It’s been 936 days since Flint has had clean water. Marion, a third generation General Motors employee, is consumed by layoffs at the engine plant. When her sister, Ainee, seeks justice and restitution for lead poisoning, her plan reveals the toxic entanglements between the city and its most powerful industry, forcing their family to confront the past-present-future cost of survival. As lead seeps into their home and their bodies, corrosive memories and secrets rise among them. Will this family ever be able to filter out the truth?

Directed by Lilly Award winner Candis C. Jones, the 2019 Princess Grace Award-winning CULLUD WATTAH blends form and bends time, diving deep into the poisonous choices of the outside world, the contamination within, and how we make the best choices for our families’ future when there are no real, present options.

LuEsther Hall
July 9 - August 16, 2020


Please check back closer to your performance for details about run time and show effects. If you have specific questions regarding content, please call us at 212.967.7555.

CULLUD WATTAH was developed by Erika Dickerson-Despenza as the 2019-2020 Tow Playwright-in-Residence at The Public Theater.
Additional support provided by an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award.



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Erika Dickerson-Despenza
Candis C. Jones
Adam Rigg
Scenic Design
Kara Harmon
Costume Design
Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew
Lighting Design
Elisheba Ittoop
Sound Design
Adesola Osakalumi
Movement Director