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Interview: Tracey Copeland Halter Directs "Blood at the Root" at UT's Clarence Brown Theatre

The play Blood at the Root opens this week at the University of Tennessee’s Clarence Brown Theatre. Dominique Morisseau’s 2013 play is inspired by and loosely based on the Jena Six case in Louisiana. WUOT’s Chrissy Keuper spoke with director Tracey Copeland Halter about the play and about how producing it now is different than it might have been only a decade ago.

Chrissy served as WUOT's News Director and host of monthly public affairs talk show Dialogue from late 2021 to early 2023. Her first job with the station was as weekend student announcer while earning her bachelor's in Anthropology from the University of Tennessee. She had previously been the station's local host for NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered news programs; occasionally filled in as host for WUOT's Morning and Afternoon Concerts; and won multiple awards for her interviews, feature stories, and Dialogue.