the ripple, the wave that carried me home

Mar 14Apr 2, 2023
Located at:Copaken Stage
Written by:Christina Anderson
Directed by:Khanisha Foster

A moving exploration of a family’s response to injustice and a daughter’s reckoning with her political inheritance.

Janice’s parents are prominent activists fighting for the integration of public swimming pools in 1960s Kansas. As injustice penetrates the warm bubble of her childhood, Janice grows apart from her family and starts a new life far away. When she receives a call asking her to speak at a ceremony honoring her father, she must decide whether she’s ready to reckon with her political inheritance and a past she has tried to forget. A deeply moving story about justice, legacy, memory and the ultimate challenge of forgiveness.

After finishing its public run at Copaken Stage, the ripple, the wave that carried me home will go on tour throughout the community as part of our KCRep for All program.

Why you Should See the ripple, the wave that carried me home

Because this moving and powerful play is the 2022 recipient of the Horton Foote prize. Judge chair Sharon Washington stated: “I was immediately struck by the poetry of Christina’s play. ‘I inherited the weight of water. The heaviness, the consequence of it — not the joy.’ What do you do with dreams that are not your own? What is your responsibility to the community? To yourself? Her words flow over and through you, carrying us on a beautifully sensory experience that lingers long after the last word is spoken. Completely compelling. Bravo!”

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