Black Butterflies

Presented by Highland Park High School & Scots Theatre

The play Black Butterflies follows the life of three black teens, Aisha, Mercedes and Dani, each placed inside a juvenile detention center for a different reason. The teenagers are not given a good education until they are introduced to a new teacher, Ms. Constance, who uses literature to open the girls’ minds.

KU associate professor of English and playwright Darren Canady’s work focuses on the issue of children becoming lost in the juvenile detention system. It has been performed in theater communities throughout California, and most recently at Highland Park High School in Topeka.

Black Butterflies premiered in San Francisco on July 25, 2017 at the American Conservatory Theater, which commissioned the work, and has received numerous awards.

Darren Canady has been honored with multiple awards throughout his career, including the Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award and the Theodore Ward Prize for African-American Playwrights. Both honors are awarded to African-American playwrights who excel at their craft.

***Directly following the performance, audience members are invited to stay for a talk back featuring Dr. Subini Annamma and Darren Canady.

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