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Join Ric Averill in creating a family history of who founded or found Lawrence. Lawrence’s good, bad, and sometimes ugly relationship to abolition and the founding of our Free State is explored as we play out stories from prehistory to the here and now. Sound ambitious? Alternately comically absurd and deadly serious, actors will breathe life into each portrait of a Lawrence family facing the winds of temperance, women’s suffrage, civil rights, anti-war, women’s rights, the gay rights movements and more — you’ll be part of healing the past to prepare for a new future. 

March 4 | 7 pm with a Q & A after the show
March 5 | 2 pm & 7 pm

In-Person or Livestream


Diversity Advisory Board

Carole Cadue-Blackwood

Courtney Shipley

Kay Emerson

Krystin Arkeketa

What is the Threads Diversity Advisory Board?

The Threads Diversity Advisory Board is a broadly representative and deliberative group of community members who discusses matters that concern the new play development of Threads in regards to diversity and inclusion.  Members will serve as a sounding board for the production team and cast.  The board will help ask important questions as well as consult and help shape the content, ideas, and narrative in and around the production as it relates to the past, present, and future of diversity and history in Lawrence.



Bailey Cate FitzGerald

Beatrix Johnson

Ben Spencer

Carole Cadue-Blackwood

Caroline Van Gemert

Carter Fincher

Chloe Novosel

Courtney Shipley

Elsie Neuhofel

Jeffrey Stolz

Sadie Mosier

Kay Emerson

Krystin Arkeketa

Lily Otter

Lily Stuke

Michael Whinery

Penelope All

Penelope Salb

Randy Johnson





March 4, 2022 @ 7:00 pm
March 5, 2022 @ 7:00 pm
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Lawrence Arts Center Main Stage and Virtual
940 New Hampshire St
Lawrence, KS 66044 United States
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