Past Event

Oct 17—28, 2018

The Peculiar Patriot

Liza Jesse Peterson / NYC

“★★★★★ The best way to truly care about a nation is to heal it, and Liza Jessie Peterson’s solo play…is a gorgeous part of that work.

— Time Out New York

A love story from both sides of the bars.

Inspired by her decades-long work with prison populations, including on the notorious Riker’s Island, Liza Jessie Peterson’s timely and urgent one-person show unpacks the human impact of mass incarceration in America. Fearlessly funny, smart and provocative, The Peculiar Patriot traces the migration of systemic injustice from the plantation to the prison yard.

Betsy LaQuanda Ross, Liza’s narrator, a self-proclaimed “peculiar patriot,” who makes regular visits to penitentiaries to boost the morale of her incarcerated friends and family. Betsy is both victim and victor of this country’s prison system and her story turns statistics into achingly relatable stories, drawn from the experience of more than 2.5 million people behind bars.



Emerson Paramount Center
Jackie Liebergott Black Box
559 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02111


Oct 17, 2018 - Oct 28, 2018


90 minutes, no intermission

Tickets $60


There will be NO LATE SEATING for The Peculiar Patriot. Please plan to arrive 15-30 minutes early.