Rastus and Hattie

Needra and Marlene enjoy a perfect post-racial friendship until two problematic Black robots (and a glitch in the time-space continuum) make them confront their ideas about race and the value of the past.
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Rastus and Hattie

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  • Nick Malakhow:
    18 May. 2019
    This piece is so brilliant in the way it melds dark satire with both intellectually provocative sentiments and deeply emotional human truths. It incorporates multiple theatrical devices effortlessly. While all the characters were superbly drawn, Needra's journey in particular was navigated with a poignant and pointed metaphorical exploration of ingrained cultural trauma and identity formation. Highly theatrical in the best way!
  • Brian James Polak:
    6 May. 2019
    I saw a reading of this play at the NNPN showcase in December 2018. This play is so funny, emotional, and genius in the way it weaves a satirical narrative about the world of the past, present, and future. Rastus and Hattie are two of the most fascinating characters I have seen in a play in a very long time.
  • National New Play Network:
    17 Jan. 2019
    Rastus and Hattie by Lisa Langford was featured in NNPN's 2018 National Showcase of New Plays.