Premiering as an audio play at The Public Theater, 2021 Susan Blackburn Prize winner Erika Dickerson-Despenza’s shadow/land returns in Spring 2023 with a stunning live production.

As Hurricane Katrina begins her ruin, tensions between duty and desire surface, a levee is brought to its knees, and Ruth must wrestle with all that she’s ready to let go. shadow/land is a lyrical meditation on legacy, erotic fugitivity, and self-determination.

Directed by Lilly Award winner Candis C. Jones, shadow/land is the first installment of a 10-play cycle traversing the Katrina diaspora in an examination of the ongoing effects of disaster, evacuation, displacement, and urban renewal rippling in and beyond New Orleans.

The live production of shadow/land will be shown April 20–May 21, at The Public Theater in New York City.

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