UNDERGROUND by Lisa B. Thompson
March 24-April 8, 2017
Vortex, 2307 Manor Rd.


A pair of old college buddies who have gone from radicals in their youth to successful professionals approaching middle age. When Kyle shows up at Mason’s door, the two have a chance to catch up, reminisce and, as the evening goes on, engage one another in a battle of intellects over the best road to black liberation. How far would you go to protect your people?

Lisa B. Thompson is an artist/scholar whose work has been produced by Crossroads Theatre Company, Brava! For Women in the Arts, New Professional Theatre, FronteraFest, Theatre Rhinoceros, and the National Black Theatre Festival among others. Her plays include the critically acclaimed off-Broadway comedy SINGLE BLACK FEMALE, MONROE, DREADTIME STORIES: ONE SISTA’S HAIR, MOTHER’S DAY, I DON’T WANT TO BE (MAMIE TILL), THE MAMALOGUES, WATCH, and UNDERGROUND. Thompson is currently Associate Professor of African & African Diaspora Studies at UT Austin and is the author of Beyond the Black Lady: Sexuality and the New African American Middle Class. Her work has received support from many institutions including Harvard University’s Hutchins Center for African & African American Research, the University of California’s Office of the President; Stanford University’s Michele R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research; UCLA’s Center for African American Studies; UT Austin’s Humanities Institute, Hedgebrook, and the Millay Colony.

UNDERGROUND stars Marc Pouhe and Jeffrey DaShade Johnson and is directed by Rudy Ramirez.

UNDERGROUND was developed with support from ScriptWorks Seed Support Fund and this production is supported in part by ScriptWorks Finer Point Fund for New Play Production. The MARCH 29th performance will be a benefit for ScriptWorks to help replenish the fund. Tickets are sliding scale and available HERE.

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