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 President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates more than 15,000 students; boasts more than 61,000 alumni and offers 45 bachelor’s, nine master’s degree programs and 16 fully online programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service; Sciences & Technology; and University College).

For the fourth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report ranks UHD among universities across the nation for Best Online Criminal Justice Programs (No. 27 and No. 15 for Veterans) and Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.

UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston and one of the lowest in Texas. U.S. News ranked the University among Top Performers on Social Mobility and awarded UHD a No. 1 ranking as the most diverse institution of higher education in the southern region of the U.S. The University is noted nationally as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, Minority-Serving Institution and Military Friendly School. For more on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit www.uhd.edu.