The Carpetbag Theatre

Speed Killed My Cousin

"The most moving show I had ever seen." Sandglass Theater Board Member

WUSF "Florida Matters" aired a special broadcast of the monthly Veterans Open Mic, co-hosted by Linda Parris-Bailey and Andrea Assaf. Click Here

Engaging Military Veterans through the Arts panel at the Americans for the Arts 2104 Annual Convention

Carpetbag Shares music from Speed Killed My Cousin on the Blue Plate Special Click Here

Speed Killed My Cousin 2014 Texas Tour

Review of Speed Killed My Cousin at the South Dallas Cultural Center by Theater Jones. Click Here

Interview with Artistic/Executive Director Linda Parris-Bailey for Theatre Jones Click Here

Speed Killed My Cousin University of South Florida Residency Week

In October 2013, The Carpetbag Theatre partnered with Art2Action to co-present Linda Parris-Bailey’s newest play, Speed Killed My Cousin, in a week-long residency, in collaboration with the University of South Florida, Department of Theatre (Faculty sponsor: Fanni Green) in Tampa.  SPEED” is the story of an African American woman soldier who returns from Iraq with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and battles the impulse to commit suicide as she wrestles with Moral Injury.  The residency included Story Circles and Digital Storytelling workshops with Veterans, USF class visits, community Open Mics, and an Open Rehearsal of the play.  Supported by the Alternate ROOTS Community/Artists Partnership Program (CAPP), partners included the Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center (PRRC) of the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital, Sacred Grounds Coffee House, and Mason/Rhynes Productions. 

Here is a list of articles about our on-going, collaborative work in Tampa, with military veterans and CBT’s developing model of “Creative Arts Reintegration”:

USF Overview of the Residency Week

Speed the CAR: Creative Arts Reintegration by Andrea Assaf & Linda Parris-Bailey

Moral Injury Killed My Cousin by VA Suicide Prevention Team Leader, Lynne Santiago

Opening New Doors: Reflections on Art & Recovery by Veteran Peer Leader, Cheldyn Donovan

Spotlighting VETS in Tampa with Andrea Assaf on Wise Woman Media (August 16, 2013).  Interview begins at 10:18.