“[Prophet] is situation satire with a vengeance, and each situation ups the ante for the audience.”
– Margo Jefferson, New York Times

“IMPRESSIVE! [Strom Thurmond Is Not a Racist and Cleansed] are a wickedly shocking double bill that unapologetically flaunt racial conflict…”
– Time Out New York

When the master of the plantation dies, he wills his slaves to be freed, but his wife doesn’t think that good property should be squandered. Pandemonium ensues. The play is inspired by the true story of Henry Box Brown who escaped to the north by mailing himself in a box. Southern Promises provides a unique portrait of the old south.

Playwright provocateur Thomas Bradshaw ignites the stage yet again in his signature inflammatory style. Following sold out and controversial runs at Performance Space 122, including Prophet and Purity, and elsewhere, including Strom Thurmond Is Not a Racist and Cleansed, Bradshaw teams with acclaimed director Jose Zayas (a/d Talk Radio) for an explosive new creation that is not for the faint of heart.
Featuring: Hugh Sinclair*, Lia Aprile*, Erwin Thomas*, Jeff Biehl*, Peter Mccabe*, Sadrina Johnson*, Derrick Sanders*, Matt Huffman.

More Plays by Thomas Bradshaw:

PURITY, PROPHET, CLEANSED and STROM THURMOND IS NOT A RACIST are published by Samuel French, Inc. Learn more about them and get your copies today at

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Presented in conjunction with The Immediate Theatre Company and Queens Theater in the Park. Produced in collaboration with the David Schwartz Foundation.

Southern Promises was developed, in part, through IRT Theater’s Artist in Residence Program.

*Appearing courtesy Actors’ Equity. AEA approved showcase.

Photo courtesy of Yi Zhao

Southern Promises is part of Best of Boroughs: as part of our commitment to promoting excellence in the arts in New York City, PS122 partners with esteemed arts organizations from all over the city to present B.O.B., a tour of the brightest local theatre, dance and performance from the five boroughs.

September 7-27, 2008
Wed-Sat 8:30pm
Sun+Mon 7pm
No performance Mon, Sept 15
or Wed, Sept 24
Tickets from $18
$15 (students/seniors)
$10 (PS122 members)

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