By Reginald Edmund    


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A white widow has been assaulted and an angry mob is at the jailhouse door demanding the sheriff lynch the accused. The only way to untangle the truth is for the accused, a young Black man called Stranger, to relive the events that led him to the hangman’s tree in Athens, Ohio, in the year 1881. Based on historical events, it is the second play in Reginald Edmund’s nine-play City of the Bayou Collection.


Christopher C. Davis (Stranger) Chris Butler
Nadia Davis Kimberly Monks
Edwin C. Berry Cedric Lamar
Lucinda Luckey Annie Paul
Sheriff Timothy Ward James Ryen
Stage directions TaiReikca L.A.


The fall months of 1881  in the Township of Athens, Ohio.

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Play Length: 1:49:37

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Reginald Edmund is the founder and managing curating producer for Black Lives, Black Words International Project. Inspired by #BlackLivesMatter, this project gives voice to some of the most contemporary political black writers from the US, Canada, and the UK, asking them to explore the question “Do black lives matter today?” In addition, he is a resident playwright at Tamasha Theatre in London, England; an alumni resident playwright at Chicago Dramatists Theatre; an artistic associate at Pegasus Theatre-Chicago; and an artistic patriot at Merrimack Repertory Theatre. He was also a 2010-11 Many Voice Fellow with the Playwrights’ Center.

His play Southbridge was runner-up for the Kennedy Center’s Lorraine Hansberry and Rosa Parks National Playwriting Awards, and was most recently named winner of the Southern Playwrights’ Competition, the Black Theatre Alliance Award for Best New Play, and the Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award.

His nine-play series titled The City of the Bayou Collection includes Southbridge, Juneteenth Street, The Last Cadillac, and All the Dying Voices, which were developed at esteemed theaters including Pegasus Theatre-Chicago, Deluxe Theatre, Actors Theatre of Charlotte, Bush Theatre (UK), Boston Court @ Theatre, the Landing Theatre, the Playwrights’ Center, and The National Theatre (UK).

Reginald Edmund received his BFA in theatre performance from Texas Southern University and his MFA in playwriting from Ohio University.

Chris Butler
Chris Butler
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TaiReikca L.A.
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Cedric Lamar
Kimberly Monks
Kimberly Monks
Annie Paul
Annie Paul
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James Ryen

2013 Winner of Edgerton New American Play Award

2013 Winner of Black Theatre Alliance Award for Best New Play

2010 Winner of the Southern Playwrights’ Competition

2009 National Runner up for the Lorraine Hansberry Award and the Rosa Parks National Playwriting Award


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