The Carpetbag Theatre


Speed Killed My Cousin is the story of a young, African American, woman veteran of the Iraq War and her struggle with "Moral Injury", Post Traumatic Stress disorder (PTSD) and Military Sexual Trauma (MST). A third generation soldier, the central character courts death by vehicular suicide. "Speed" explores multiple issues related to war, including the history and otherness of African Americans in the military and the experiences of women in combat.

"The secrets that have never been revealed by veterans of the Vietnam War keep those veterans haunted and un-healed. Can we afford a new generation of soldiers that cannot heal?" - Playwright Linda Parris-Bailey


Between a Ballad and a Blues chronicles the life and work of African American Appalachian renaissance man Howard "Louie Bluie" Armstrong and his musical partners, Carl Martin and Ted Bogan. Together they formed one of the most famous string-band groups in the history of American music. As a group and as solo artists, Martin Bogan and Armstrong toured the globe sharing string band music with the world, planting the seed for other American music forms including Country and Blues. The play centers around the character of Howard Armstrong who narrates the tale, which is highlighted with stories and songs from both Bogan and Martin. The play spans Howard's lengthy seven decade musical career.


For booking information please contact Linda Parris-Bailey at 865-544-0447