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"Oakland in the '60s, the Revolution, and the every day Struggles of people with Color. Def an experience I'll never forget! Go see it!"
Jasmin N., via Instagram

"Powerful theater taking a close look at the Black Panther Party, Oakland citizens and police brutality. Powerhouse cast—don't miss it!"
Emily H., via Facebook

"Loved every second of the show!!!!
Going again and bringing an army
with me!"
Brandon W., via Instagram


JUL 14 - AUG 6
Thu, Fri & Sat Evenings: 8pm                   Sundays July 16 & July 30: 7pm
July 23 & August 6: 2pm

Brooklyn Preserve
1433 12th Avenue
Oakland, CA 94606

 Tickets: $15-45 online, pay-what-you-can at the door


Nathalie Autumn Bennett*
William Hartfield
Champagne Hughes
Halili Knox*
Anthony Rollins-Mullens
Leonard A. Thomas
Terrance White*

*Actors Equity Association


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This Land was Made

A workshop presentation

by Tori Sampson
directed by William Hodgson

Jul 14–Aug 6

What happens when the revolution on the streets walks through your front door?

Oakland, 1967. In Miss Trish's bar, local 20-somethings work, study, fight, fall in love and dream of a different world. On the streets, the Black Panther Party is organizing armed patrols against police brutality. John Frey, an on-duty officer, will soon be shot and killed. Huey Newton, the co-founder of the Black Panthers, will be charged and stand trial for his murder. 

Tori Sampson's electric new drama brings the African American community of 1960s Oakland richly to life, offering a provocative look at the events that made Huey P. Newton an American household name. 


Selected performances of This Land Was Made will be paired with a free event that explores elements of the play from additional perspectives.

All performances through August 6 Works by Oakland artists Milton Bowens and Derrick Bell will be on display in the Ubuntu lounge/concessions area.
Milton Bowens’s work is centered around the role art plays in the preservation of African American culture, and what visual representation can bring to a community in need of inspiration. He believes art is a vital part of public education and a tool to help build self-esteem in young people, and works as a speaker and community activist to maintain the place of art in public education.
Derrick Bell’s work explores diminished humanity, blackness, commodification, bias and psychology. It address social ascent and descent, as well as performativity of identity, with a particular attention to notions of violence, whiteness, class stratification, martial law, fascism, social exclusion, apartheid, genocide, isolation and assimilation.

Friday, July 21 at 7:15pm
Each One Reach One works to transform the lives of young people behind bars. Join us before the show to hear readings of original work by two of the young writers in their Playwriting Program, and to learn more about their work in Oakland.

Friday, July 28 at 8pm
Following the evening performance, artist Derrick Bell and actor Jeunee Simon join us for a post-show panel discuss their work and experiences as Artists of Color.  

Sunday, July 30  at 7pm
Following the show, stick around for a Q&A with director William Hodgson and the cast of This Land Was Made, moderated by Ubuntu Co-Artistic Director Michael Moran.

Friday, August 4 at 7:15pm
Spoken Word artists Bobbi Kindred, Leo Lyons, Jerrie Johnson and Nekela share selections and discuss their work at this pre-show panel hosted by Ubuntu company member Michael French.

Sunday, August 6   11am–6pm
Following this special fundraising performance, join us for a community panel with artist Randolph Belle, gallery owner Kelly Paschal-Hunter, and Oakland Voices’ Tony Daquipa.