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World Premiere

January 21 - February 26, 2022

In this world premiere play developed through TimeLine’s Playwrights Collective, Tyla Abercrumbie weaves a mother’s past with her daughters’ present in a centuries-spanning tale of family, legacy, and progress.

Set in the Black Victorian era, Relentless looks at the deep personal secrets we keep to protect the ones we love most. The year is 1919. After the death of their mother, two sisters come home to Philadelphia 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. After discovering 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.

It’s about time we see a play about the Black Victorian age, one that explores us as a people at the forefront of a quest for equality that continues today.” – Director Ron OJ Parson

Already has the feel of a classic, yet burns with a contemporary relevance that is unmistakable.”
– Artistic Director PJ Powers

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.

Runs approximately 3 hours, including one intermission

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Production Team


* Member of Actors Equity Association

# Member of United Scenic Artists

~ Member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society

+ TimeLine Company Member

^ TimeLine Associate Artist

§ TimeLine Playwrights Collective

Discussions & Events

  • The Journey from the Black Victorian to Black Lives Matter
    Thursday, September 24 at 7pm (CDT)

    A live virtual event with scenes from RELENTLESS and special conversation on the play’s themes.

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  • Beyond the Line: RELENTLESS
    Monday, September 28 & Monday, October 5 from 6pm - 7:30pm

    Explore the art of journal writing and importance of oral history in this two-part workshop.

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  • RELENTLESS: Take Home Wine Tasting
    Wednesday, September 30 at 7pm (CDT)

    Join BottlesUp! and TimeLine for a wine tasting featuring wines from Black winemakers.

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