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Keith Josef Adkins: PITBULLS


Written By Keith Josef Adkins
Directed By Leah C. Gardiner

This new play takes place in a small black community in rural Appalachia, Pitbull country, where Mary and her son Dipper live in a trailer a few miles from their bible-belt, dog-fighting neighbors. Despite Mary's peaceful existence, when a prize-winning pit bull is slaughtered on the Fourth of July, she becomes suspect.


Donna Duplantier
Yvette Ganier Nathan Hinton
Belly Eugene Jones Maurice Williams


Senic Design Andrew Boyce
Lighting Design Eric Southern
Costume Design Dede Ayite
Props Zach Serafin
Sound Design Bart Fasbender


Poor, Violent and Up for a Dogfight, THE NEW YORK TIMES

Pitbulls: Theater review by Christopher Kompanek, TONY


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Keith Josef Adkins. Keith Josef Adkins' plays include Farewell Miss Cotton (Black Dahlia Theater February 2006), Crossing America (Mark Taper's New Works Festival 2005), Wilberforce (National Black Theater Festival 2005, Cleveland Public Theatre New Plays Festival, Hartford Stage New Voices), The Patron Saint of Peanuts (Alabama Shakespeare Festival's Southern Writer's Project 2004), Salt on Sugar Hill (Mark Taper's New Works Festival 2003), Sweet Home (Bay Area Playwrights Festival 2003), Cobra Neck (Humana Festival 2003), Hollis Mugley's Only Wish + 2 (National Black Theatre Festival 2003, Cleveland Public Theatre, Intersection for the Arts, HERE), On the Hills of Black America (Imua Theatre Company/HERE, Intersection for the Arts, Stanford University), and Play (The Kraine Theater/NYC 2004). Honors include: Alliance Theater's August Wilsom Memorial Commission, Mark Taper Forum's Richard Sherwood Distinguished Emerging Theater Artist Award, two Best Play Awards at the Cleveland Public Theatre New Plays Festival (Wilberforce and On the Hills of Black America), a Van Lier Fellowship (New York Theater Workshop), and an EST/Sloan Science Foundation playwriting grant.

Earlier Event: August 7
Robert Boswell: THE LONG SHRIFT
Later Event: January 15
Laith Nakli: SHESH YAK