Mud Row

Full-Length Play, Drama  /  4w, 2m

Two generations of sisters protect and defy the legacy of their foremothers in this surprisingly funny, heart-pounding and ultimately hopeful play.

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    4w, 2m
  • Duration
    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)
  • Winner! 2018 Edgerton Foundation New Play Award


Two generations of sisters navigate class, race, love and family on "Mud Row," an area in the East End of West Chester, Pennsylvania. Elsie hopes to move up in the world by marrying into "the talented tenth," while her sister Frances joins the fight for Civil Rights. Decades later, estranged sisters Regine and Toshi are forced to reckon with their shared heritage and each other, when Regine inherits granny Elsie's house.
The play was first produced by People's Light (Abigail Adams, Executive Artistic Director; Zak Berkman, Producing Director) in Malvern, Pennsylvania on June 26, 2019.
Cast Attributes
ELSIE – Black Woman. Poised. Proper. Soft. Desperate to find a sense of belonging.
FRANCES – Black Woman. Tough. Fighter. Persistent. Not easily contained, especially when she believes in something.
REGINE – Black Woman. Well-educated. Reserved. Guarded and worrisome. Wife to Davin. Sister to Toshi. Somewhere a vulnerable and fragile soul.
TOSHI – Black Woman. Feisty. Impulsive. Resistant. Rough around the edges and a former drug addict. Girlfriend to Tyriek. Sister to Regine. Somewhere a deep and wise soul.
DAVIN – Black Man. Patient. Supportive. Optimistic. Can be pushy in his positivity. Husband to Regine.
TYRIEK – Black Man. Sharp. Calculating. Former thug looking for a second chance at life. Boyfriend to Toshi.
  • Duration More than 120 minutes (2 hours)


"Morisseau gives exquisite voice to four women occupying the same four walls — and by doing so, an entire community sings." – The Philadelphia Inquirer

"Morisseau's writing is rich and authentic. Tense, heartbreaking, and ultimately inspiring, Mud Row pulses with the the love Morisseau feels for her characters and the real life people who inspire them." – Talkin' Broadway

"A tale so exciting and engrossing." – Broad Street Review

Licensing & Materials

  • Minimum Fee: £70 per performance plus VAT when applicable.


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Dominique Morisseau

Dominique Morisseau is the author of The Detroit Project (A 3-Play Cycle), which includes the following plays: Skeleton Crew (Atlantic Theater Company), Paradise Blue (Signature Theatre), and Detroit ’67 (Public Theater, Classical Theatre of Harlem and NBT). Additional plays ...

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