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Speed Killed My Cousin

  • Hayti Heritage Center 804 Old Fayetteville Street Durham, NC, 27701 United States (map)

Speed Killed My Cousin, a story of a young, African-American woman soldier of the Iraq war, and her struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

The play takes place in a Hummer, as the main character is driving down the Long Island Expressway (L.I.E.). As she struggles with flashbacks and memories, she tries to talk with her father about his experiences in the Vietnam war and her cousin, a Vietnam veteran who died in a car crash shortly after his return. She also remembers the women she left behind in Iraq, some of whom did not survive. Memories and scenes unfold before her and in the rear view mirror as she’s driving. Ultimately, she must decide whether or not to let go of the wheel, as her cousin did, or to choose life.

Later Event: September 12
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