Julie Hébert’s powerful and poetic play welcomes its audience into the life of a family divided by race and culture, separated by three generations but united by blood.

The story begins when a white Southern woman, Didi Marcantel (Jacqueline Wright), discovers her recently deceased father’s old love letters, which lead her to an African-American family in Chicago. The Price family – Leo (Chuma Gault), his dementia-ridden mother, Jessalyn (Sloan Robinson), and daughter J.J. (Tessa Thompson) – are forced to revisit and challenge their past and reconcile with the present.

The play succeeds in challenging the identity of family by uprooting surprising facts that the past holds. “Tree” manages to interrogate familial perspectives and urges us to imagine the life our parents had before we entered their lives.

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