Graphic by Keith Conner
LINES IN THE DUST
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)
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
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."