By Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm. Directed by Jennifer L. Nelson.

March 29, 2018 - April 21, 2018

7:30pm, Thu/Fri/Sat/Mon, Gordon Square Theatre. Previews March 29 – 31 & April 5 (no show April 2).

Lynchburg, Virginia. The former site of a thriving cotton mill is now an impoverished neighborhood. Deeply affected by recent killings of young black men like himself, Ruffrino, a 14-year-old “militant,” incites riots at school and online. More and more at odds with his mother and grandfather, the boy’s anger grows beyond containment while the family home literally sinks into the cotton field and no one seems to notice but him. A National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere.

Cast: Sara Bogomolny, Joshua McElroy, Peter Lawson Jones,* Beau Reinker, Samantha V. Richards

*Actor appears courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

The Gordon Square Theatre is ADA compliant featuring a ramped entrance and an all gender, wheelchair accessible restroom.

Tickets: $12-30.


The Creative Production Team Includes:

Elizabeth Cammett – Stage Manager
Inda Blatch-Geib – Costume Designer
Wes Calkin – Scenic Designer
Benjamin Gantose – Lighting Designer
James Kosmatka – Sound Designer
T. Paul Lowry – Video Designer
Ryan T. Patterson – FX Advisor

Remarkable Rating:

National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere

National New Play Network (NNPN) is the country’s alliance of nonprofit theatres that champions the development, production and continued life of new plays. NNPN strives to pioneer, implement and disseminate ideas and programs that revolutionize the way theatres collaborate to support new plays and playwrights. For more information about NNPN, click here.

NNPN’s flagship initiative, its Rolling World Premiere Program, supports three or more theatres that choose to mount the same new play within a 12-month period. The result is an NNPN Rolling World Premiere, in which a playwright develops a new work with multiple creative teams in at least three different communities. The playwright is part of the process, working on the script and making adjustments based on what is learned from each production. Click here to learn more.

Br’er Cotton is produced at Cleveland Public Theatre as part of a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere. Other partnering theatres are Kitchen Dog (Dallas, TX) and Lower Depth Theatre Ensemble (Los Angeles, CA). For more information, please visit


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