American Captives: Lena Baker & Sandra Bland, will open Friday, October 5th, 2018. Written and performed by Connie Winston, and directed by Rhonda “Passion” Hansome, this poignant visceral theatrical experience combines the two stories, Lena Baker and Sandra Bland. After a one-day trial in 1945, an all-white male jury deliberates for under an hour and sentences Lena Baker to death for killing her abusive lover. Three days after being pulled over by a Texas State Trooper in 2015 for not using a turn signal, Sandra Bland was found dead in a Waller County jail cell.
American Captives: Lena Baker & Sandra Bland articulates how little has changed in the relationship between Black women and the United States justice system during the 60 years between the deaths of Lena and Sandra. This unapologetic personal accounting bares new awareness of timeworn atrocities. The production will preview on Thursday, October 4th, 2018 and will run on Fridays and Saturdays through October 20th at 7:30pm.