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In the Tall Grass

In the Tall Grass is a verbatim play written in response to the murder of Shade Schuler, a 22-year-old transgender woman whose body was found dumped in a field in the medical district of Dallas in July 2015.​ In the wake of Shade’s murder, the play focuses on a community who are left asking ‘why’, and fearing who could be next. Told through first-hand testimonies of transgender women of color in Dallas, the play explores the circumstances, which force many to exist in the underworld – shut out by society, cut off from support and legal systems; and condemned for what is, ironically, known as 'survival sex work'.

Verbatim Drama

Winner Outstanding New Play
DFW Theater Critics Forum, Dallas, TX, 2018

Nominee Best New Play
Irma P. Hall Theater Awards, Dallas, TX, 2018

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Production History

TeCo Theatrical Productions (World Premiere)


Bishop Arts Theater Center, Dallas, TX, USA

A play that brings the darker raw experiences of poor transgender women of color to light in a vital, gritty platform.

Theater Jones


In the Tall Grass

There is a sense of urgency about this project that we couldn't ignore, especially given our political climate. A project of this magnitude very seldom comes along in a theatre’s lifespan.


Teresa Coleman Wash,

Bishop Arts Theatre Center

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Research and development

In the Tall Grass enjoyed a period of research and development, at the South Dallas Cultural Centre in May 2016 with director, Anna Jones.
Thanks to generous funding and support from the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs.

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