THE PECULIAR PATRIOT by Liza Jessie Peterson
directed by Lisa Rothe
THE PECULIAR PATRIOT is a multimedia solo stage play that follows Betsy LaQuanda Ross, a self-proclaimed peculiar patriot, who makes regular visits to penitentiaries boosting the morale of her incarcerated friends and family. As Betsy navigates love between barbed wire, she passionately sews a memory quilt for the urban “street soldiers and P.O.W’s” (prisoners of the war on drugs) who are serving time. But when sudden tragedy strikes, old wounds are uncorked and she’s forced to confront a hidden truth.
With some 2.5 million people behind bars in the United States, The Peculiar Patriot shines a light on this profit driven draconian industry while giving voice to the voiceless and representing the millions of people who sojourn to penitentiaries on a regular basis (weekly, monthly, year after year) to stay connected in spite of brick walls and iron bars.