BY: Nikkole Salter


THE STORY:  2010, Essex County, NJ.  When Denitra loses the

charter school lottery for her daughter, she must find another way

to escape from their underperforming neighborhood school. The 

answer seems like a risk well worth taking, but may end up re-

quiring a bigger sacrifice than she ever could have imagined. Set

over a half-century after Brown Versus The Board of Education, 

LINES IN THE DUST questions how far we've come and more importantly, where we go from here.  (Luna Stage Commission)



Two Acts

2 Women, 1 Man

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LINES IN THE DUST was commissioned by and received its world premiere at Luna Stage, October 9 - November 9 , 2014, directed by Reginald Douglas.  For information, photos, videos, audio and links to reviews and press from the Luna Stage production, and other productions this play has had, click here.  The Tennessee Women's Theater Project's production plays October 6 - 22, 2017, directed by Maryanna Clarke.  The creative team is as follows:


Starring: (l to r) Colette DivineAlan Lee and Tamiko Robinson Steele

Lighting Design:                                          Scenic Design: Samantha Drapeaux

Costume Design:                                         Sound Design: 

Projection Designer:                                    Stage Manager:  


Review: The Tennessean - 'Lines in the Dust' tackles tough issues

By Amy Stumpfl - 10/16/2017

It’s a compelling piece to be sure...Salter has clearly done her homework here, and takes great care to present varying points of view... [Lines in the Dust] certainly shines a light on important issues that deserve our attention.


Review:  Tennessee Core Values Tour Blog - Illuminating "Lines in the Dust" Lights up Luna Stage in West Orange

By Sean Siple - 10/16/2017

"Lines in the Dust, the current mind-blowing production of the Tennessee Women’s Theater Project, needs to be seen by everyone. It is a perspective piece that will rotate like a hologram right before your very eyes. Staged in the revitalized historic J Alexander Looby Theater, this drama rings out unsettling human narratives reminiscent of Tennessee Williams and Edward Albee, had either been a single, black woman determined to propel her daughter into a world that had rejected her. The plot is a shifting exploration of the intersectional betrayals of the American Dream. The operative word here is dream. This three person tug-of-war wakes up those paying attention to some harsh, nightmarish American realities.... Lines in the Dust is compelling, relatable and delivered in a way that won’t let the watcher turn away. This really is a production no one wants to miss...This play will change how you see the world. There is no more powerful praise for a presentation of ideas and passions."


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