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Blood at the Root

September 27 - October 13, 2019

Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre (General Admission)

Based on the true story of the Jena Six; six Black students who were initially charged with attempted murder for a school fight after being provoked with nooses hanging from a tree on campus. This bold ensemble drama examines the miscarriage of justice, racial double standards, the crisis in relations between men and women of all classes and, as a result, the shattering state of Black family life. Blood at the Root employs strong language, racial slurs, and symbols of violence to accurately depict the story of the Jena Six. Parental discretion is advised. 

By Dominique Morisseau

Directed by Lormarev Jones

Photo by Areon Mobasher


October 6th | Post-Show Discussion | After 3 p.m. Performance

Dr. Terrance Ruth, President of the Justice Love Foundation, will lead a post-show discussion following the October 6th matinee about the themes of the show, racial reconciliation, and practical steps we can all take to be better neighbors.

Photo of Dr. Terrance Ruth

Dr. Terrance Ruth is the President of the Justice Love Foundation and a candidate for Wake County School Board, District 6 2020. Dr. Ruth is a former Administrator for Wake County Public Schools and a former VP of Programming for Repairers of the Breach. He held the North Carolina NAACP Executive Director state-level position. Dr. Ruth specialize in student populations of predominantly Special Education services and in low-performing schools. Dr. Ruth is an education consultant for K-12 schools through Phase III. Dr. Ruth is also an author (articles and academic journals), and he specializes in the areas of student achievement, globalization, and prejudice. Dr. Ruth is current a professor for NC State University.


Thanks to our Equity and Inclusion Sponsor, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina.

This project was supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources. www.NCArts.org.

North Carolina Arts Council - Fifty years of leadership.

Ticket Information

This show is part of our Gaddy-Goodwin Series – learn more or purchase a membership.

Show Times:

  • Thursdays-Saturdays at 8:00pm
  • Sundays at 3:00pm

Tickets on sale now. Buy them online or from the box office at 919-821-3111. Single ticket prices, excluding tax:

  • Adults: $27
  • Students/Seniors: $23
  • First Sunday: $14

Seniors are age 62 and up. Students are through college.

Cast List

Aysia Slade
Myles Moore
Brynna Rosenberg
Roman Lawrence
Jenna Davenport
Carl Staub
Marleigh Purgar-McDonald
Fara Marin
Chapin Reil
David Morrison
Jacqueline Flood
Rylee Davis

Accessibility Information

  • All performances are wheelchair accessible.

  • Assistive listening devices are available for all performances.

  • Audio description for those with visual disabilities. The Sunday, October 6 performance at 3pm will be described.