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Reginald Edmund
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SOUTHBRIDGE is the second play in the nine-play series The City of the Bayou Collection:

IN PROPHET'S HOUSE [not yet available]
BLOOD IN THE BAYOU [not yet available]
REDEMPTION OF ALLAH BLACK [not yet available]
LAST CADILLAC [not yet available]
ALL THE DYING VOICES [available in manuscript]


A white widow is assaulted; an angry mob is at the jail house door, screaming “Lynch him!” The only way to untangle the truth about the events is for the accused, Christopher C Davis, to look into the events that have led him to a tree stump in Athens, Ohio, in the year 1881.

Production Info

Cast: 5 total (2 female, 3 male, 1 female and 2 males are black)
Full Length Drama (about 120 minutes)
Minimal Set Requirements
Period Costumes

Press Quotes

“[SOUTHBRIDGE] marks Edmund as a writer of omnivorous intellect and a lover of bold metaphors.” —Chicago Tribune

“Playwright Reginald Edmund demonstrates a keen sensitivity to his characters’ psyches, leaving each one multidimensional and morally uncomfortable — some more so than others.” —Chicago Theatre Review

“An intricate and heartfelt theatrical experience.” —ChicagoCritic

About the Author


  • Reginald Edmund

    Reginald Edmund, is a resident playwright of Chicago Dramatists, and Managing Curating Producer of Black Lives, Black Words International Project. He was previously a 2009-2010, 2010-2011 Many Voices Fellow playwright. Originally from Houston, Texas, he served Artistic Director for the Silver House Theatre, as well as the founder and producer for the Silver House Playwrights Festival and the Houston Urban Theatre Series. Reggie was the inaugural recipient of the Kennedy Center Fellowship at Soul Mountain Retreat as well as the 2009 National Runner-up for the Lorraine Hansberry and Rosa Parks Playwriting Award, and most recently winner of an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award for his play SOUTHBRIDGE. He received his BFA in Theatre-Performance from Texas Southern University, and his MFA in playwriting at Ohio University under the guidance of Charles Smith. In 2009 He founded the Unit Collective and in 2010 he was named Winner of The Southern Writers Competition, and recognized by TCG as a 2011 Young Leader of Color. His plays, THE ORDAINED SMILE OF SADIE MAY JENKINS, SOUTHBRIDGE, JUNETEENTH STREET, and THE REDEMPTION OF ALLAH BLACK, all part of his nine-play series The City of the Bayou Collection, were developed at esteemed theaters including Ensemble Theatre of Houston, Silver House Theatre, Penumbra Theatre, the Playwrights' Center, Boston Playwrights' Theatre, Moving Arts, Karamu House, Pangea World Theater, the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Texas State University Black and Latino Theatre Conference, the Last Frontier Theater Conference, and the Kennedy Center. Most recently he traveled to Colombia to serve as the guest speaker at the Intercolegiado de Teatro de Buenaventura. He is currently Managing Curating Producer of Black Lives, Black Words International Project and a resident playwright for both Chicago Dramatists and Pegasus Theatre — Chicago.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 6/16/2021
Pages 106
ISBN 9780881458664

Special Notes

Special Notes

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The following must appear within all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play:
Southbridge is produced
by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, NYC


Upcoming and Recent Productions


10/20/2024 – 10/22/2024
Signal Mountain, TN