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Preserve the Heritage...Embrace the Experience!
Preserve the Heritage...
Embrace the Experience!

Speed Killed My Cousin

This timely new work follows the first women combat veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars and their uneasy return home. SPEED KILLED MY COUSIN is the story of a young, African-American, woman soldier of the Iraq war, and her struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  The play takes place in a hummer, as the main character is driving down the L.I.E. highway in New York.  As she struggles with flashbacks and memories, she tries to talk with her father about his experience in the Vietnam war, and her cousin – a Vietnam veteran who died in car crash shortly after his return.  She also remembers the women she left behind in Iraq, some of whom did not survive.  Memories and scenes unfold before her, and in the rear-view mirror, as she’s driving.  Ultimately she must decide whether or not let go of the wheel, as her cousin did, or to choose life.  

Speed Killed My Cousin is a production by The Carpetbag Theatre, Inc. (CBT), a professional, multi-generational ensemble company dedicated to the production of new works.

Supported by funding by New England Foundation for the Arts


Saturday, August 17th –  8pm

Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Old Fayetteville Street, Durham, NC 27701.

Tickets – $20. Group Rates are $15 (for groups 10 or more) 


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Veterans Story Cirlce & Digital Storytelling Workshop

C.B.T. is conducting a workshop rooted in personal narratives and shared knowledge. The organization will utilize Story Circles and Digital Storytelling techniques to create space for non-therapeutic story sharing between veterans, their families, and those impacted by war and the trauma associated with it. We will explore community impact and use warm-ups and other theater techniques to provide a welcoming and safe space. Held at Hayti, this workshop is open to veterans and their families at 2 pm.



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