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Inside The Peculiar Patriot: A Preview Event

Written & Performed by Liza Jessie Peterson
Thursday, February 2, 2023
7:00-8:30 PM
Off Campus Location
Join us for a film screening of Liza Jessie Peterson's Angola Do You Hear Us? Voices from a Plantation Prison, along with LIVE performances by the PCAP Linkage Community, and an engaging Q&A to follow!

Thursday, February 2nd
7:00 - 8:30 pm
at the Keene Theater in the U-M Residential College
701 E University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Free and Open to the Public

A collaboration of Detroit Public Theatre & the Prison Creative Arts Project

More about the film:
MTV Documentary Films Presents Angola Do You Hear Us? Voices From a Plantation Prison (formerly known as A Peculiar Silence) tells the story of playwright Liza Jessie Peterson, whose acclaimed play The Peculiar Patriot was shut down mid-performance at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, commonly known as Angola Prison.

Directed and edited by Cinque Northern, produced by Catherine Gund, featuring Liza Jessie Peterson and Norris Henderson (Peterson and Henderson are also Executive Producers), the film examines how one woman's play challenged the country's largest plantation prison and impacted the incarcerated men long after the record of her visit was erased by the institution's administration.

More about the play:
LaQuanda ‘Betsy’ Ross knows a lot about the New York State Penitentiary system. Her regular visits to loved ones in various upstate institutions have made her quite the expert and a self-proclaimed “Peculiar Patriot." In-between neighborhood updates and gossip, Betsy educates herself and the audience on the systemic inequity within America’s prison complex system and its effect on those behind bars, as well as their family and friends.

Written and performed by the incomparable Liza Jessie Peterson, The Peculiar Patriot was inspired by her comprehensive and extensive work in prisons, including on Riker’s Island. Peterson’s tour de force solo piece is an important, funny, and profound investigative look into America’s criminal justice system.

February 8 - March 5
At the Detroit Public Theatre
3960 Third Avenue
Detroit, Mi 48202

February 11 @ 8PM - FREE performance for System-Impacted Individuals
Student Rate - $20 per ticket
System-Impacted Individuals - Pick Your Price

To purchase, visit or call 313.974.7918
Building: Off Campus Location
Location: 701 E University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Event Type: Performance
Tags: Activism, Advocacy, african diaspora, Anthropology, Art, black history, civil rights, Community Engagement, Creative Writing, Crime And Justice, Criminal Justice, detroit, Discussion, Diversity, film, free, history, Human Rights, Incarceration, mass incarceration, performance, performing arts, Poetry, prison issues, Public Policy, residential college, social justice, Social Work, Storytelling, theater, theater performance, theatre, Writing
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