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Shiva Theater

March 7 - March 10, 2019

Public Studio

Written by Erika Dickerson-Despenza
Directed by Candis C. Jones

2018 Relentless Award Semifinalist and poet-playwright Erika Dickerson-Despenza makes her Public Theater debut with a stunning new play about three generations of Black women living through the current water crisis in Flint, Michigan.

It’s been 936 days since Marion’s family has had clean water. When local activists file a class action lawsuit against the city, Marion—a third-generation employee at General Motors—must decide how best to support her two daughters, sister, and mother while lead seeps into the community, their home, and their bodies. As corrosive memories and secrets rise among them, the family wonders if they’ll ever be able to filter out the truth.

Directed by Lilly Award winner Candis C. JonesCULLUD WATTAH asks if love, faith, and family can withstand America’s systemic injustices.

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.

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