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)—the second largest university in Houston—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 Dr. Juan Sánchez Muñoz. Annually, UHD educates more than 14,000 students; boasts over 50,000 alumni and offers 44 bachelor’s and eight master’s degree programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service, Sciences & Technology; and University College). In 2018, UHD grew its First Time in College student population by 11 percent and transfer students by 14 percent.

UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston. It also is ranked among 15 U.S. universities with lowest net price to students (according to the U.S. Department of Education). The University is noted nationally as both a Hispanic-Serving Institution and a Minority-Serving Institution. For more on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit www.uhd.edu.