Sept. 13 - Oct. 1, 2017


July 11-29, 2018

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National Black Theatre & Hi-Arts Present

Written and Performed by




Liza Jessie Peterson
Directed by Talvin Wilks

Sept. 13 - Oct. 1, 2017

July 11 - July 29, 2018

The Peculiar Patriot confronts the complex and critical issue of mass incarceration. With more than 2.5 million people behind bars, America is the world’s leading prison superpower. The Peculiar Patriot examines the human impact and inhuman machinery of the prison industrial complex and shines a glaring light on the racial disparities that feed the draconian system. The play follows protagonist Betsy LaQuanda Ross, a self-proclaimed peculiar patriot, as she makes regular visits to penitentiaries to boost the morale of her incarcerated friends and family, navigating love between barbed wire. As she shares neighborhood updates and gossip and reminisces about family, Betsy delivers a shrewd indictment of the criminal justice system in her own authentic and inimitable style, with a heavy dose of humor to boot.


Maruti Evans (Set & Lighting)

Katherine Freer (Projections)

Luqman Brown  (Sound)

LaToya Murray-Berry (Costumes)

Belynda Hardin (Props)

Byron McCray (Production Art)

Dr. Barbara Ann Teer's

National Black Theatre
Institute of Action Arts