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Speed Killed My Cousin in Denver, CO


  • Su Teatro Cultural and Arts Center 721 Santa Fe Drive Denver, CO, 80204 United States (map)
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The Carpetbag Theatre is thrilled to announce our residency with Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center in Denver, Colorado from April 19 - April 21. We will be performing Speed Killed My Cousin, a play about a female African American combat soldier and her wrestle with post-traumatic stress disorder upon her return home from Iraq. The play was written by Carpetbag Executive/Artistic Director, Linda Parris-Bailey and will be director by Andrea Assaf of Art2Action.

About Speed Killed My Cousin

As global tragedies, liberation movements, economic upheavals, and war shapes our world, we search for understanding through story. Speed Killed My Cousin is based on the real stories of women soldiers upon their return from war.

Speed is a contemporary narrative about coping with survival in a confusing and damaging world. It is a haunting narrative that communicates the silencing aftermath of war on a woman's psyche. This play begs the questions; can we afford another generation of soldiers who feel silenced? Can we afford to allow for their stories to be unheard and, thereby, leave their internal wounds unhealed?

About the Carpetbag Theatre

The Carpetbag Theatre, Inc. was founded in 1969 and chartered in 1970. We are a Knoxville-based professional, multi-generational ensemble company dedicated to the production of new works. We work in partnership with community artists, activists, cultural workers, storytellers, and leaders to create original, theatrical works. Our mission is to give artistic voice to the issues and dreams of people who have been silenced by racism, classism, sexism, ageism, homophobia and other forms of oppression. 

Our artistic vision is rooted in the practice of revealing, reframing, and reclaiming the hidden stories of our communities. We begin by listening deeply to the each other's narrative. We believe that this process is what reveals the beauty of our collective experiences. Listening to each other deeply creates space for us each to embrace the hardest parts of our stories while leaning into the freedom of healing in spite of them. We believe that this process also has the power to reframe our experiences and provide the kinds of healing it takes to release us from strongholds that have held us hostage over time.

About Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center

Su Teatro’s mission is to promote, produce, develop and preserve the cultural arts, heritage, and traditions of the Chicano/Latino community; to advance mutual respect for other cultures; and to establish avenues where all cultures may come together.