World Premiere

January 21 - February 26, 2021

Developed through TimeLine’s Playwrights Collective, this world premiere is a startling and vibrant look at the secrets we keep to protect the ones we love most.

After the death of their mother, two sisters return home to Philadelphia in 1919 to settle her estate. Annelle is a happy socialite desperate to return to the safe illusion of a perfect life with her husband in Boston. Janet is a single, professional nurse, determined to change history and propel black women to a place of prominence and respect. Upon discovering a series of diaries left by their late mother, they find themselves confronted with a woman they never really knew, exposing buried truths from the past that are chillingly, explosively Relentless.

Playwright and TimeLine Company Member Tyla Abercrumbie weaves a mother’s past with her daughters’ present in a complicated tale of family, legacy, and progress.     

Relentless is the second play developed through TimeLine’s Playwrights Collective to receive a full production. The play received its first public reading as part of our inaugural First Draft Playwrights Collective Festival in December 2018.

Single tickets go on sale on Tuesday, January 4.

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Thursday, September 24 at 7pm (CDT)

Although TimeLine’s production of Relentless has been postponed, we can still start the conversation!

Set in 1919, Relentless weaves a mother’s past with her daughters’ present in a complicated tale of family, legacy, and progress. Its characters have weathered a great deal—revolution, change, even a pandemic—in ways that we see mirrored in our present day. This live virtual event featured playwright Tyla Abercrumbie, director Ron OJ Parson, and guest panelist La Donna L. Forsgren (Associate Professor in the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre at the University of Notre Dame) in a conversation moderated by dramaturg Khalid Long. The evening also include scenes from the play performed by cast members Ayanna Bria Bakari, Travis Delgado, and Marguerite Genard.

This FREE & one-night-only event was presented live on YouTube September 24, 2020. An edited version of this program (without the scenes from the play) is available to view now.

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