Graphic by Keith Conner



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 requiring 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


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 click here.  For info on Cleveland Public Theatre's production directed by Beth Wood click here.  LINES IN THE DUST received its Chicago premiere at ETA Creative Arts Feb 12 - Mar. 27, 2016, directed by Phyllis E. Griffin.  The cast and production team are as follows:


Starring: (l to r)  Elaine C. Bell, Benjamin Todd, & Quenna Lene Barrett

Lighting Design:   Darryl Goodman, Sr.                            Scenic Design:  Darryl Goodman, Sr. 
Costume Design:  Abeo Brown                                        Sound Design: Darryl Goodman, Sr.

Stage Manager:  Shina London

LINKS TO PRESS​ & REVIEWS from the ETA Production

Review: Chicago play ‘Lines in the Dust’ Takes on Families and Residency Fraud in Public Schools - Lines in the Dust

By: Kalisha Buckhanon 02/13/2016

"It would be a disservice to relegate the play Lines in the Dust as a compulsory offering of social protest fiction and bandwagon outpour, seeking attention on entitlement that audiences passively care about its themes and subjects to indict structural racism in America. To applaud it on such terms demeans the work below its highest merit as an actor’s play; it simply uses race to occur. With it, theaters and audiences participate in and witness the basic tenets of live theater I have not seen so purely in quite some time before eta Creative Arts’ second production presenting season back-to-back works of Nikkole Salter."


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