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March 23 - April 1

Shiva Theater

Member and Partner Tickets: $15
Non-Member Tickets: start at $15 plus fees

Public Studio presents a new play by The Public’s Emerging Writers Group alumnus Ricardo Pérez González (In Fields Where They Lay). Houston, Texas in the late 1950s is a big enough city but a hell of a small town for its tight-knit gay community. Forced to look out for their own in a place where being who you are can get you killed, the gay men of Jim Crow Houston seek refuge in the blacks-only Gold Room or the whites-only Red Room. But when Tom, a white man, ducks inside the wrong bar, he meets Russell, a black man waiting for the wrong guy, and the two soon find themselves in the most dangerous place they could possibly be — in love. With great humor and even greater humanity, ON THE GROUNDS OF BELONGING is a shattering new take on an old-fashioned love story.

Directed by David Mendizábal (The Movement Theatre Company and co-founder of The Sol Project).

PUBLIC STUDIO was founded with support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and The Time Warner Foundation. Continued support for Public Studio is provided by The Time Warner FoundationThe Harold and Mimi Steinberg New Play Development Fund at The Public Theater supports the creation and development of new plays.

Public Studio presents
Written by Ricardo Pérez González
Directed by David Mendizábal

Featuring Craig Bockhorn (Mooney Fitzpatrick); Ta’Rea Campbell (Tanya)Chris Myers (Henry); Mike Hodge (Hugh); Christopher Livingston (Russell Montgomery); and Bobby Steggert (Thomas Aston)

Scenic Design by Wilson Chin
Costume Design by Ntokozo Fuzunina Kunene
Lighting Design by Brian Tovar
Sound Design by Joanna Lynne Staub