Erika Dickerson-Despenza's cullud wattah, currently in previews at The Public Theater, has extended its run. The Off-Broadway production will play an additional week, with performances scheduled through December 12. Having begun November 2, it will officially open November 17.
The play, which follows three generations of Black women living in Flint, Michigan, during the water crisis, arrives Off-Broadway after earning the playwright the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize earlier this year.
“As a playwright, I aspire to be a delicate sculptor of everyday horrors,” Dickerson-Despenza shared earlier. “I wrote cullud wattah to explore the politics of disgust, shame, and refusal by highlighting the rupture of government intervention at the intersection of capitalism and environmental racism. The play examines the impact of these horrors so routinely visited upon dispossessed peoples, namely Black women. I wrote this play specifically for Black women on the margins of the margins.”
The cast features Crystal Dickinson as Marion, Lizan Mitchell as Big Ma, Andrea Patterson as Ainee, Alicia Pilgrim as Plum, and Lauren F. Walker as Reesee, along with understudies Jennean Farmer, Ta’Neesha Murphy, and Chavez Ravine.
The production, directed by Candis C. Jones, features a set by Adam Rigg, costumes by Kara Harmon, lighting by Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew, sound design by Sinan Refik Zafar, hair and make-up design by Earon Chew Nealey, prop management by Corinne Golorgursky, original music by Justin Hicks, and movement direction by Adesola Osakalumi. Janelle Caso serves as the production stage manager.