By Christina Anderson
Directed by Jackson Gay

Friday, February 10 at 2:30pm in Goodman's Owen Theatre

Around 1 hour and 45 minutes with no intermission

Understudy Run: the ripple, the wave that carried me home

A family responds to injustice and a daughter reckons with her political inheritance in this new play by “a poet, a playwright to pay attention to” (Variety).

Janice’s parents are prominent activists fighting for the integration of public swimming pools in 1960s Kansas. As injustice penetrates the warm bubble of her childhood, Janice grows apart from her family and starts a new life far away. When she receives a call asking her to speak at a ceremony honoring her father, she must decide whether she’s ready to reckon with her political inheritance—and a past she has tried to forget.

A Co-Production with Berkeley Repertory Theatre

This play contains themes related to and references of racism and violence towards Black people, including police brutality. The play includes descriptions of sexual assault and the usage of profanity. For more information contact the box office at 312.443.3800

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