Penn State Centre Stage prepares for international tour

Penn State Centre Stage will present 'Blood at the Root' March 25 through April 5 at the Penn State Downtown Theatre Center. Commissioned by the Penn State School of Theatre, 'Blood at the Root' was written by Dominique Morisseau, a playwright and actress, and directed by Steve Broadnax, associate professor of theatre and head of the Graduate Acting program at Penn State.

The drama is inspired by the Jena Six. The Jena Six were six black teenagers convicted in the beating of a white student at Jena High School in Jena, Louisiana. The six black students were charged with attempted murder for a schoolyard fight after nooses were hung from a large tree in the center of the school courtyard. The tree was referred to by students as the 'white tree,' so when a black student requested to sit under the tree, nooses were hung the following day.

The conviction of the Jena Six was cited as an example of racial injustice in the United States, due to a belief that the defendants had been charged with too-serious offenses and had been treated unfairly. This bold new play examines the miscarriage of justice, and the crisis in relations between men and women of all classes and, as a result, the shattering state of black family life.

The company has been performing the show at Penn State campuses across the Commonwealth. After the premier in State College, they will launch an international tour in the summer of 2014, beginning in June at the Market Theatre in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Previews at 7:30 p.m.: March 25 and 27
Opening Night at 7:30 p.m.: March 28
Evenings at 7:30 p.m.: March 29, 31, April 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Matinees at 2 p.m.: March 29, April 5
Evenings: $18 Preview/Matinee: $16
Penn State Student: $12 (with valid PSU ID)

Tickets are available at the Penn State Downtown Ticket Center, Eisenhower Box Office, Bryce Jordan Center, or by calling 814-863-0255 or 1-800-ARTS-TIX.

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Last Updated March 11, 2014