Michigan State University welcomes guest artist Steve H. Broadnax III from Penn State University as the director of Blood at the Root, opening this Friday, Feb 3 and running through Sunday, February 12. All performances will be held in the Arena Theatre at the MSU Auditorium building, ticket information can be found below.
Broadnax, a seasoned director, writer, choreographer and actor, has worked around the world in such theatres as Apollo Theatre NYC, Detroit Public Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland, Arkansas Repertory Theatre and many, many more. He spoke with playwright Dominique Morisseau about Blood at the Root, who describes the play as:
…social prejudice versus systemic injustice. We all have prejudices against each other, whether they’re big or small. Sometimes they’re racial, sometimes they’re with gender, sometimes they’re with ideas and beliefs. But it’s the difference between having those prejudices against each other, learning to live with each other and enlightening ourselves, and a system using prejudice to completely marginalize a people. The system is supposed to be blind, justice is supposed to be blind and yet it isn’t. So, I think those things are all coming up against each other in this play.
The cast features prominent MFA Acting candidates Karen Vance, Greg Hunter and Kristy Allen; as well as very strong BFA Acting students Gary Patterson, Jacob Covert and Jen English. This production showcases costume design by Angel Snyder, scenic design by Mike Merluzzi, and lighting design by Peter Verhaeghe. Sound by Chelle Peterson is filled with movement and choreography moments with the help of Brad Willcuts and Shayla Woodward.
Directed by Steve H. Broadnax III (Guest Artist from Penn State University)
*Friday, February 3, 2017 at 8:00pm
Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 8:00pm
**Sunday, February 5, 2017 at 2:00pm
Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at 7:30pm
Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 7:30pm
Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 7:30pm
Friday, February 10, 2017 at 8:00pm
Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 8:00pm
Sunday, February 12, 2017 at 2:00pm
* Post-Show Discussion on Friday, February 3, 2017 (Following the Performance)
** Designer Pre-Show Discussion Sunday, February 5, 2017 at 1:15pm
General Admission $15. Seniors and Faculty $13. Students $10.
Tickets are available from the Wharton Center Box Office; 1.800.WHARTON; www.whartoncenter.com
The ticket office at the Arena Theatre opens one hour prior to the show with doors opening 30 minutes prior to the show
Arena Theatre at MSU Auditorium Building (box office at Farm Lane side of the building.)
Michigan State University, 542 Auditorium RD, East Lansing, MI 48824.