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The Peculiar Patriot

On Monday, February 25th, the nominations for the 23rd Annual Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) Awards were announced, with ArtsEmerson being honored with ten nominations! Best New Play – The White Card (Claudia Rankine) Watch Claudia Rankine discuss The White Card Best Solo Performance – Liza Jessie Peterson (The Peculiar Patriot) Watch the trailer for The Peculiar Patriot Best Ensemble – Born For This Watch creator BeBe Winans talk about his background and Born…

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Thank you! The Best Theater 2018 – WBUR From Company One Theatre’s quirky fairy tale “Leftovers” to American Repertory Theater’s vibrant “Barber Shop Chronicles” to the ArtsEmerson-presented The Peculiar Patriot, a shout-out to disproportionate number of African-Americans who are incarcerated, the urgent concerns of people of color have been addressed. And in WET: A DACAmented Journey, a talented Dreamer told his piercingly human story. Don Aucoin’s Top 10 in theater in 2018 – The Boston…

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Throughout the performance of The Peculiar Patriot, Liza Jessie Peterson, as Betsy LaQuanda Ross, constructs a quilt, carefully sewing together the narrative of her incarcerated friends and family, each square of fabric representing their stories. With each quilted piece, we learn more about the intricacies of how mass incarcerations affects individuals and their communities. Stitched together like the stars and stripes of Betsy Ross’s original United States flag, our Betsy Ross sews a different American symbol,…

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The Peculiar Patriot (OCT 17-28) is amazing audiences throughout its Boston debut. Liza Jessie Peterson’s poetry and command of the stage communicate a story beyond the walls of any theatre and imparts on us a story often hidden below the surface. As we continue discussing mass incarceration, both nationally and within our state, it was important to discuss how ArtsEmerson and Emerson College are working to break down barriers and foster community. The Emerson Prison Initiative,…

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  In interviews, Liza Jessie Peterson often talks about The Peculiar Patriot as a love story. Her heroine, she points out, was modeled on the people she would see waiting in long lines in the middle of the night on Manhattan’s Columbus Circle for the buses that were going to take them to see their incarcerated loved ones in upstate New York prisons. They would travel through the night, some as much as eight hours,…

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