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PECULIAR PATRIOT by Liza Jessie Peterson

PECULIAR PATRIOT by Liza Jessie Peterson


Liza Jessie Peterson


Hi-ARTS Performance Space El Barrio Artspace PS109
215 East 99th Street
New York, NY


Saturday, February 27, 2016 - 7:00pm



Liza Jessie Peterson

Critical Breaks presents
Written by Liza Jessie Peterson
Critical Breaks Artist in Residence

Come join us as Liza Jessie Peterson, poet-performer-playwright and Def Poetry alum, present work from her solo stage play in development entitled The Peculiar Patriot. It follows Betsy LaQuanda Ross, a self-proclaimed “peculiar patriot,” who makes regular visits to penitentiaries, boosting the morale of her incarcerated friends and family. Betsy is both victim and victor of this country’s prison system and represents the millions of men and women who sojourn to penitentiaries on a regular basis, subjecting themselves to long bus rides and security checks to visit incarcerated loved ones. As this witty love story unfolds, The Peculiar Patriot gives voice to the voiceless and shines a glaring light on America’s fastest growing industry while enchanting audiences with provocative thought, hilarious dialogue, and gripping pathos.

Critical Breaks is a year-round residency program that supports individual artists and theater companies who are in the pivotal phases of developing new work through experimentation, intensive development, and a public work-in-progress showing.

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