July 9 - August 16, 2020
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.
CULLUD WATTAH was developed by Erika Dickerson-Despenza as the 2019-2020 Tow Playwright-in-Residence at The Public Theater. This production is made possible by the Laurents/Hatcher Foundation. Additional support provided by an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award. This work was commissioned by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.
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