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  The Peculiar Patriot at Woolly Mammoth Theatre

The Peculiar Patriot

Woolly Mammoth Theatre
641 D St NW Washington

Betsy LaQuanda Ross is a self-proclaimed Peculiar Patriot, making regular visits to penitentiaries in order to boost the morale of her loved ones. When she's not sharing neighborhood updates and gossip, Betsy illuminates our country's cruel and unjust criminal justice system and its impact not only on the 2.5 million people behind bars, but also their family and friends. Written and performed by the inimitable Liza Jessie Peterson and inspired by her decades-long work with prison populations (including the notorious Riker's Island), The Peculiar Patriot is a fierce, funny and shrewd indictment of the systemic inequity within America's fastest growing industry, tracing its roots from the plantation to the prison yard. This performance can be seen at the Wooly Mammoth Theatre in Washington, DC.

Thru - Apr 20, 2019

Box Office: 202-393-3939

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Washington Post - Somewhat Recommended

"...Liza Jessie Peterson wants to alter your thinking about U.S. prisons, but her solo show, “The Peculiar Patriot” only briefly spins all the way up into fact-driven agitprop. Instead, her empathetic 90-minute show at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company is mostly acted out as a series of warmhearted visits by LaQuanda, our narrator, to an incarcerated friend. Despite the grim circumstances, Peterson’s tone is upbeat: It’s an understated protest play working hard to keep hope alive."
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Nelson Pressley

BroadwayWorld - Highly Recommended

"...The first words that come to mind when thinking about The Peculiar Patriot at Woolly Mammoth Theatre are: riveting, eye-opening, and deeply personal."
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Brandon Horwin

Talkin Broadway - Recommended

"...Through the course of the 90-minute play, well paced by director Talvin Wilks, the audience learns about Betsy's childhood as the daughter of a Black Panther and the collapse of her family after her father went to prison; her former boyfriend, now doing time and trying to get her back and the part-Native American, part-African American she's currently seeing (Peterson also embodies both men in brief speeches); her troubled teen years; and her mission to help the people she knows who have been caught up in the prison system."
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Susan Berlin

DC Metro Theater Arts - Recommended

"...It’s easy to look at statistics and become exasperated that the nation’s drug policies and penal systems exhibit a structural racial bias that runs so deep that it seems as if no one individual, even well-placed and with the best of intentions, can fix it, but it may take art like The Peculiar Patriot to portray its impact on the millions of LaQuanda Rosses who simply love someone convicted of a crime."
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Ian Thal

DCTheatreScene - Highly Recommended

"...Peterson's spellbinding ninety minute journey slides by far too quickly. Her talent is undeniable, her moral clarity unshakable, and her call to action clear. It's easy to imagine Peterson channeling her gifts into a more lucrative and less emotionally demanding lane, like stand-up comedy or film. Audiences, Woolly Mammoth, and our ever-growing prison population are lucky indeed that she has chosen this path instead."
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