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 Interim President Dr. Antonio D. Tillis. Annually, UHD educates more than 15,000 students; boasts more than 51,000 alumni and offers 44 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).

UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston and one of the lowest in Texas. 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.