Photo credit: Te’Era Coleman and Lance E. Nichols (Photos courtesy of Public Theater)

Public Theater present world premiere audio play ‘Shadow/Land’

The audio play will stream from April 13.

Sophie Thomas
Sophie Thomas

Continuing their commitment to streaming new theater for its audiences, the Public Theater have announced a new audio play as part of this season's digital offering. The world premiere audio play of Erika Dickerson-Despenza's Shadow/Land will premiere on April 13 as part of its free streaming service.

Set during the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, a young woman convinces her mother to sell their family business. Shadow/Land is the first in a 10-part series of plays examining the disastrous effects of Hurricane Katrina and how its long-lasting damage can still be felt in present-day society.

"Shadow/Land began as a recovery project through which I resurrected my family's business as all photographs of Shadowland were claimed by The Flood that followed Hurricane Katrina" said Dickerson-Despenza. "The play grew into a timely meditation on how apocalypse clarifies or redirects our wanting. It is an epic exploration of queer Black southern women navigating disaster, duty and desire."

The Shadow/Land company will star Te'Era Coleman, Lizan Mitchell, Lance E. Nichols, Lori Elizabeth Parquet, Sunni Patterson and Michelle Wilson. Original music is composed by Delfeayo Marsalis, with direction by Candis C. Jones.

Shadow/Land is available to stream from April 13. For more information, read here.

Photo credit: Te'Era Coleman and Lance E. Nichols (Photos courtesy of Public Theater)

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