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The first installment in a 10-part look into Hurricane Katrina.
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About shadow/land

Premiering as an audio play at The Public, 2021 Susan Blackburn Prize winner Erika Dickerson-Despenza’s SHADOW/LAND returns in Spring 2023 with a stunning live production. Magalee and her daughter Ruth are faced with the question of legacy when Ruth coaxes Magalee to sell their historic family-owned business as Hurricane Katrina begins her ruin. Directed by Lilly Award winner Candis C. Jones, SHADOW/LAND is the first installment of a 10-play cycle traversing the Katrina diaspora in an examination of the ongoing effects of disaster, evacuation, displacement, and urban renewal rippling in and beyond New Orleans.

Start date

April 20th, 2023

End date

May 28th, 2023


shadow/land cast and creative team

By: Erika Dickerson-Despenza
Director: Candis C. Jones
Producer: The Public Theater Cast list: Joniece Abbott-Pratt (as Ruth), Lizan Mitchell (as Magalee), Christine Shepherd (as Grand Marshall), Lynnette R. Freeman (as Ruth understudy), Perri Gaffney (as Magalee understudy), Joy-Marie Thompson (as Grand Marshall understudy)
Design: Jason Ardizzone-West
Costumes: Azalea Fairley
Lighting: Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew
Sound: Palmer Hefferan
Other info: Hair, wig, and makeup design by Earon Chew Nealey; original music by Delfeayo Marsalis; intimacy direction by Ann James


Public Theater

425 Lafayette Street, New York, NY, USA, 10003


Accessible entrances, seating, and restrooms. Assistive Listening Devices. ASL interpreted, Open Caption and Audio Descriptions at select performances or on demand by request.

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