The Public Theater has announced complete casting for Erika Dickerson-Despenza’s play Cullud Wattah. Performances begin November 2 ahead of a November 17 opening night. The complete cast includes the previously announced Crystal Dickinson as Marion, Lizan Mitchell as Big Ma, Andrea Patterson as Ainee, and Alicia Pilgrim as Plum, alongside the newly announced Lauren F. Walker as Reesee and Ta’Neesha Murphy, Jennean Farmer, and Chavez Ravine as understudies.
The Public Theater will present the world premiere of Cullud Wattah, written by Erika Dickerson-Despenza and directed by Candis C. Jones. Cullud Wattah tickets will be available soon.
Cullud Wattah is a play centered on three generations of Black women facing the Flint, Michigan water contamination crisis. Marion is a third-generation General Motors employee dealing with layoffs, and her sister, Ainee, is seeking restitution for lead poisoning. The women must calculate the cost of survival and confront the toxic relationship between their city and its industry. Dickerson-Despenza's work won the 2019 Princess Grace award and the 2021 Susan Smith Blackburn prize.
Performances are staged at the Public's Martinson Theater.
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Cullud Wattah is a new Afro-surrealist play 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? 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.