APPROPRIATE

by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
directed by Nathan Motta
April 20 - May 20, 2018

REGIONAL Premiere

2014-15 Obie award for Best play

Run time: 120 minutes
One 15 Minute Intermission Content Advisory: Adult Language, Violence, Sexual Situations

 

The story

When the patriarch of the Lafayette clan dies, the family is forced to descended upon the crumbling Arkansas homestead to settle accounts. As the three adult children rummage through a mountain of hoarded relics, they spar over a lifetime of junk, past relationship issues, and inherited debts. But when they make a disturbing discovery among their father's possessions, the reunion takes a turn for the volatile, forcing every member to confront their family history and each other.

a thought-provoking whirlwind of explosive surprises and crackling confrontations


Sometimes a place can have its own spirit. A house this old can hold all sorts of things - not just ghosts - bad energies, memories. Who knows what happens when we’re not here? Who knows what’s happening right now that we can’t even see... or hear? The problem is we don’t know how to listen - or have forgotten how to listen. Maybe this house is trying to say something to us right now, Cassidy. Listen. What’s it saying?
— River, APPROPRIATE

The Artists

The Production

THE RESPONSE

“What distinguishes this new entry is the playwright’s gift for drawing his characters into an escalating conflict and sustaining, with humor and craft, our curiosity…” -The Washington Post

The Audience

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