2020 Season

Blood at the Root

Blood at the root

On Stage

Feb 28–Mar 08, 2020

In February 2020, The Union for Contemporary Art in partnership with UNO Theatre presented Blood at the Root, for a run of four shows at the University of Nebraska – Omaha, followed by six shows at The Union.

Based on true events, Blood at the Root, by Dominique Morisseau, recounts the story of the Jena Six—a group of Black students who were initially charged with attempted murder for a school fight after being provoked with nooses hanging from a tree on campus. Join us for a theatrical conversation about justice, racial double standards, and a crisis in relations between men and women of all classes.

Union Performances

Friday, February 28 - 7pm
Saturday, February 29 - 7pm
Sunday, March 1 - 4pm
Friday, March 6 - 7pm
Saturday, March 7 - 7pm
Sunday, March 8 - 4pm

*** The Union believes that money should not be a barrier to arts participation. With this in mind, our Performing Arts Program follows the “radical hospitality” ticketing model set forth by Mixed Blood Theater in Minneapolis:

In addition to $20 General Admission tickets available for advance sale, cost-free Radical Hospitality tickets are available on a first come/first served basis. You may claim up to two tickets per person at the front desk or at the door after 12pm day of show. (Please note the front desk is not open on Sunday and tickets will only be available at the door.) Seating begins 30 minutes before showtime.

Those who prefer guaranteed admission may purchase tickets in advance either online at the link below or by phone (402-933-3161). Advanced tickets are $20 per person.

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Blood at the Root Actor and actress sit back to back together center stage laughing with school books in their laps

Blood at the Root Actor stands alone in darkness looking defiantly out of frame Actress stands alone against a brick wall holding a rope taut between her hands

Blood at the Root Actor hunched over screaming in pain Stage is dark except for a spotlight and a low blue light revealing the silhouettes of two hooded figures

Blood at the Root Actor stands alone on stage wearing an angry expression with a clenched fist mid statement

Blood at the Root Actress holds a flyer for class president

Blood at the Root Actress looks out of frame wearing a worried look and holding a protest sign that reads Drop the Charges Against D

Blood at the Root Actor sits alone on stage spotlit surrounded by darkness wearing a tortured expression

Blood at the Root An actor sits on stage looking up some stairs and an actress who points condescendingly at him

Blood at the Root cast of 7 stands center stage in low light heads bowed silhouetted against red light

Blood at the Root Cast of 8 stands and sits on stage looking into the distance The set inlcudes a marbled center podium and a knot of many ropes hanging in the center

Blood at the root two actors sit on either side of the stage which is all dark except for a spotlight on each actor

Blood at the Root Two actresses stand center stage holding hands shouting in protest Both hold a protest sign reaading Suspension Over Prison and Drop the Charges Against D