Speed Killed My Cousin
By Linda Parris-Bailey
Directed by Andrea Assaf
Media Design by Melody Reeves
Original Music by Kelle Jolly, John Puckett, and Bert Tanner
Performed by the Carpetbag Theatre ensemble, featuring: Andresia "Real" Moseley, Bert Tanner, Linda Parris-Bailey, & Carlton "Starr" Releford
BACKGROUND: In 2012, Linda Parris-Bailey invited Andrea Assaf (Art2Action's Artistic Director) to direct her new play, Speed Killed My Cousin – about an African American woman soldier who returns from Iraq with PTSD, and battles impulses to commit suicide, resulting from Moral Injury. As part of the development process, The Carpetbag Theatre and Art2Action received a "Partners in Action" grant from Alternate ROOTS. In October 2013, Art2Action and the University of South Florida (USF) School of Theatre and Dance offered an Open Rehearsal of Speed. CBT Residency activities included class visits for students, sponsored by Associate Professor Fanni Green, as well as Digital Storytelling workshops with the veterans at the PRRC.
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