by Erika Dickerson-Despenza
Originally produced at The Public Theater, New York, NY
July 7 - August 16, 2020
About the Premiere Production:
Synopsis: It’s been 936 days since Marion’s family has had clean water. When local activists file a class action lawsuit against the city, Marion—a third-generation employee at General Motors—must decide how best to support her two daughters, sister, and mother while lead seeps into the community, their home, and their bodies. As corrosive memories and secrets rise among them, the family wonders if they’ll ever be able to filter out the truth.
Directed by Lilly Award winner Candis C. Jones, CULLUD WATTAH asks if love, faith, and family can withstand America’s systemic injustices.
Director: Candis C. Jones
Set Designer: Arnulfo Maldonado
Lighting Designer: Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew
Costume Designer: Ntokozo Fuzunina Kunene
Sound Designer: Megan Culley
Movement Direction: Adesola Osakalumi
Cast: Deonna Bouye (Marion), Alana Raquel Bowers (Reesee), Caroline Stefanie Clay (Big Ma), Nikiya Mathis (Ainee), and Kara Young (Plum)
Additional funders: PUBLIC STUDIO was founded with support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and The Time Warner Foundation. Continued support for Public Studio is provided by The Time Warner Foundation.