The Kennedy Center


Byhalia, Mississippi

Friday, June 7, 2019 - Sunday, July 7, 2019

The Human Journey Theater

Don’t miss this new Kennedy Center production of Evan Linder’s heartfelt comedy, which won Chicago’s prestigious Joseph Jefferson Award in 2016 for Best New Work.
Note: The 7/2 7:30pm performance of Byhalia, Mississippi has been cancelled. Ticket-holding patrons can contact the Advance Sales Box Office starting tomorrow at (202) 416-8540 or for options.

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"Byhalia, Mississippi is a must-see, and one which demands to be talked about."—Chicago Tribune

Helen Hayes Recommended. Don’t miss this new Kennedy Center production of Evan Linder's heartfelt comedy. Winner of Chicago’s prestigious Joseph Jefferson Award for Best New Work in 2016, the play centers on Jim and Laurel—they are broke, young, and deeply in love. They are also about to become new parents. When Laurel gives birth to their overdue child, the biracial baby is a surprise to everyone, especially her husband Jim, igniting a firestorm in their small southern town.

Jack Falahee, star of ABC’s How to Get Away With Murder, plays the role of Jim in the heartfelt comedy. Joining Falahee are Aimé Donna Kelly as Ayesha, Blake Morris as Karl, Joseph Jefferson Award–winning Steppenwolf Theatre ensemble member Caroline Neff as Laurel, and Joseph Jefferson Award winner Cecelia Wingate as Celeste.
Performance Timing: Act One - 58 min.; Intermission - 15 min.; Act Two - 53 min.

Recommended for age 14 and up. This production contains mature content and situations. 

Directed by Kimberly Senior
Scenic design by Cameron Anderson 
Costume design by Jennifer Caprio
Lighting design by Jennifer Reiser
Sound design by Mikhail Fiksel

This event is part of The Human Journey,collaboration between the Kennedy Center, National Geographic Society, and the National Gallery of Art. The Human Journey invites audiences to investigate the powerful experiences of migration, exploration, identity, and resilience through the lenses of the performing arts, science, and visual art.

Watch and Listen

"Byhalia, Mississippi" Audience Testimonials | The Kennedy Center

Timelapse of Set Build: "Byhalia, Mississippi" | The Kennedy Center

Byhalia, Mississippi | The Kennedy Center

The Human Journey: Evan Linder's "Byhalia, Mississippi"