This Land Was Made Debuts at The Vineyard Theatre for One Weekend Only


This Thursday, July 26th, marks the first showing of Tori Sampson's This Land Was Made at the Vineyard Theatre, where it will show for a three day run through Saturday July 28th.

This Land Was Made is presented by the Vineyard's Developmental Labs, which allow a playwright and director to explore a work-in-progress on its feet in collaboration with a full creative team, and include staging and design elements. This is a unique opportunity for viewers to be a part of the development of a theatrical production. There will also be a panel discussion on social justice activism following the 3 PM performance on July 28th with special guest Hawk Newsome, president of Black Lives Matter of Greater New York. 

Patrons who become a Vineyard Member by July 25 will receive priority seating; limited seating for the general public will be available on a first-come, first-served basis by calling 212-353-0303, emailing, or at


This Land Was Made is a play about Liberation. Peace. Love. Self-Defense. Oakland in 1967 was a powder keg of social activism ready to boil over into radical action. For patrons of Miss Trish’s bar, it’s all just talking points — until the full, seductive and explosive force of revolution walks through the door. 


Tori Sampson (Playwright) is a native of Boston. Tori's plays include If Pretty Hurts Ugly Must Be A Muhfuka (Playwrights Horizons, 2019) and Cadillac Crew (Yale Repertory Theater, 2019).  Tori is a 2017–18 Playwrights’ Center Jerome Fellow and a 2018-19 Mcknight Fellow. Two of her plays appeared on the 2017 Kilroys List. Her awards and honors include the 2016 Relentless Award, Honorable Mention; the 2016 Paula Vogel Award in Playwriting from The Kennedy Center; the Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award, Second Place; the Alliance Theatre’s 2017 Kendeda Prize, Finalist; the 2018 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, Finalist. Tori is currently working on commissions from Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre, and Atlantic Theater Company. She holds a BS in sociology from Ball State University and an MFA in playwriting from Yale School of Drama. This Land Was Made marks her New York debut. 

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Whitney White (Director) is a director, musician, and actor. Her recent work includes Othello (Trinity Rep), Blood Wedding (Atlantic Theatre Co/NYU), Freedom Riders (NYMF), Macbeth In Stride (Miami Theater Center), Marvin's Room (Broadway), and If I Forget (Roundabout). Whitney was the inaugural Roundabout Directing Fellow and is currently a 2050 Fellow at the New York Theatre Workshop. This year she will be in residency at Ars Nova as part of their 2018 Makers Lab, and at The Drama League as part of their Next Wave Residency where she is developing an African American production of Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters set to original music. White received her MFA in Acting at Brown University/Trinity Rep, and her BA in Political Science and Certificate in Musical Theater from Northwestern University. 


Hawk Newsome (Black Lives Matter) has engaged in protests and activities to combat injustice. Over the past few years, he has worked tirelessly leading protests and seeking justice for the families of those slain by overzealous police officers. He is the founder of Black Lives Matter Greater NY, and has not only helped victims of police brutality, but works with members of LGBT community, victims of human trafficking, the mental health community, founded Black Lives Caucus, lectured students and expanded BLM Greater NY to multiple New York City charter schools.