10:07 AM

O'Kane Theatre Presents "In The Blood"

The O’Kane Theater presents “In The Blood” by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks (a student of James Baldwin). The play is a modern day version of "The Scarlet Letter" and a response to the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 that greatly addressed welfare reform.

The exploitation and demonization of the main character, Hester, a homeless African-American mother of five children from five different fathers, shines a light on the vulnerable conditions of homeless women. "In the Blood" will have the audience pondering the intersections of race, class, gender, sexuality and privilege. Suzan-Lori Parks is the first African-American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize in Drama (2002) and she also received a MacArthur “Genius” Award in 2001.

Performance Schedule*

Thursday, April 11 
Opening Night
8 p.m.

April 12 - 13
8 p.m. 

Wednesday, April 17 
Student Matinee
1:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 18 
8 p.m. 

Friday April 19
Student Matinee
1:30 p.m.

Friday, April 19 
8 p.m.

Saturday, April 20 
Closing Night
8 p.m. 


Tickets are now available at uhd.edu/theatre

About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is the second-largest university in Houston and has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974. As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive, four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.

U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.