Young Dontrell Jones undertakes a journey to the Atlantic Ocean in search of an ancestor lost during the middle passage—but his family is not at all ready to abandon its prized son to the waters of the mysterious and haunting past. Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea is a contemporary quest that aims to redress transgressions of the past through a distinctive blend of poetry, humor, and ritual. The playwright and the director are both graduates of Illinois Theatre's BFA program.
Contains adult content
Talkbacks on October 9 and 13
Join us for an exciting opportunity for direct audience engagement with our stage productions through free talkbacks following Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea on October 9 and 13. Talkbacks allow audience members to discuss the performance, play, design, and themes with artists and scholars in an informal give-and-take, question-and-answer format. Each talkback is hosted by a faculty member from the Department of Theatre at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.