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This show closed on April 20, 2019

About The Peculiar Patriot

Betsy LaQuanda Ross is a self-proclaimed “Peculiar Patriot,” who makes regular visits to penitentiaries in order to boost the morale of her loved ones. When she is 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 on 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.

Run Time

1hr 30min (No intermission)

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An understated protest play working hard to keep hope alive.
Washington Post
A richly layered, all-out performance of the sort you tend to remember.
Boston Globe
Riveting, eye-opening, and deeply personal.
Broadway World

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

641 D St NW, Washington, DC 20004

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