Cleveland Public Theatre Brings Racial Issues to Light in “Brer Cotton”

Thu 3/29-Sat 4/21

Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm’s Brer Cotton takes place in the suggestively named Lynchburg, Virginia and addressed the deep-seated racial issues that plague our country. In it, a 14-year-old boy, upset by the killings of other young black men, styles himself as a “militant” and incites riots online and at school. His anger causes the family home to sink into a cotton field, something only he seems to notice.

“It’s an odd feeling to have the latest American racial tragedy make your play more relevant,” Chisholm told “However, I think this is the power of new plays; to be able to respond in real time and to use what’s happening in our world to fuel our art with more urgency and a bigger commitment to discussion.”

The play, which will be on stage at Cleveland Public Theatre, is part of the National New Play Network’s “Rolling World Premiere.” It runs from Thu 3/29-Sat 4/21 @ 7:30pm. Preview weekend, 3/29-31, is free. Then tickets are $12-$30.


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