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Friday, October 25, 2019
7:30 p.m. 

Saturday, October 26, 2019
7:30 p.m. 

Sunday, October 27, 2019
2:30 p.m. 

Tuesday, October 29, 2019
7:30 p.m. 

Wednesday, October 30, 2019
7:30 p.m. 

Friday, November 1, 2019
7:30 p.m.

Ticket Prices

Adults - $20
Children - $10
Senior Citizens - $15
KU Faculty/Staff - $15
KU Students - $15 ($10 if purchased in advance)

In the Blood
by Suzan-Lori Parks

William Inge Memorial Theatre

A Look at the “American Dream” from Under a Bridge

In this dark and twisted take on the so-called “American Dream,” Pulitzer Prize-winner Suzan-Lori Parks tells the story of Hester, a mother of five who lives with her children in destitute poverty beneath a bridge. First performed 20 years ago, In the Blood has only become more relevant with time and takes place HERE and NOW. Loosely inspired by Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, this play is a laser-sharp look at institutional racism, sexism and the endemic poverty that plagues so many Americans. It tells the story of an America where it isn’t hard to lock children in cages, and asks us all what our role is in a society that criminalizes the most vulnerable among us.

Directed by Timmia Hearn
Scenic & Costume Design by Kate Smeltzer
Lighting Design by Emily Hunsucker
Makeup Design by Harlan Shoemaker
Sound Design by KayLee Mitchell
Projection Design by Brooke Metz
Dramaturgy by Jenny Sledge
Stage Management by Bailey Dobbins


Hester/La Negrita............Gabrielle Smith
Chili/Jabber............Chris Pendry
Reverend D/Baby............Tinashe Mukoyi
Welfare Lady/Bully............Julie Turner
Doctor/Trouble............Diego Rivera-Rodriguez
Amiga Gringa/Beauty............Jessica Myrick

This production includes descriptions of gender-based violence, violence against children, as well as racism and sexism. None of this violence is depicted graphically. It is not appropriate for all audiences.

This production will be accessible for individuals of all abilities by providing a varied audience experience, including an “open door” policy where patrons can come and go as necessary, and sensory-friendly light and sound design. Some soft seating will be provided for people with varied seating needs, and the theatre is accessible for individuals using wheelchairs. Requests for additional special seating accommodations can be made by contacting the University Theatre Box Office, 785-864-3982. The production is open captioned and accessible for those with loss of hearing.

In the Blood

COVID-19 and Our Production Season

In accordance with federal, state, and local guidelines and in the interest of protecting the health and safety of our patrons, students, faculty, and staff, all upcoming performances by the University Theatre and University Dance company have been postponed or cancelled. Indecent has been rescheduled to perform October 2-8, 2020. We are not planning to reschedule Urinetown at this time. The box office has been in contact with all ticketholders to arrange for refunds or credits toward future performances. Please email us with any questions to Thank you for your past and future support of Theatre and Dance at KU!

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