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“Speed Killed My Cousin” at the Hayti Heritage Center

Aug 17, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm


Hayti Heritage Center presents 

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.

Durham, N.C. (August 1st, 2019 )— Hayti Heritage Center presents SPEED KILLED MY COUSIN, a 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 Long Island Expressway (L.I.E.).  As she struggles with flashbacks and memories, she tries to talk with her father about his experiences in the Vietnam war, and her cousin.  A Vietnam veteran who died in a 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 to 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. (C.B.T.), a professional, multi-generational ensemble company dedicated to the creation of new works.

The show will run two shows on  Saturday, August 17th at 8 pm at Hayti Heritage  Center, 804 Old Fayetteville Street, Durham, NC 27701. Individual Tickets are $20. Group Rates are $15 for groups of 10 or more. Tickets available at https://bpt.me/4298650 or by calling the box office at (919) 683-1709.



Aug 17, 2019
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm


Hayti Heritage Center
804 Old Fayetteville Street
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