Sideshow Theatre

and Greenhouse Theater Center present



Written by J. Nicole Brooks
Directed by Jonathan L. Green

November 18 – December 23, 2018

Thu-Sat @ 7:30pm, Sun @ 2:30pm

WORLD PREMIERE: HeLa was commissioned and developed by Sideshow Theatre Company.

Run Time: 2 hours and 30 minutes, including a 10-minute intermission.

1951: A mother of five visits the “colored” gynecology ward of Johns Hopkins, knowing something unusual is happening in her body.


1981: A child watches Carl Sagan’s Cosmos on a basement television in Chicago as her auntie plays bid whist upstairs with the neighbors.

The Distant Future: A gold-plated flying saucer hovers over the Earth, its pilot watching and waiting patiently as stars gently twinkle in her hair.


All three stories connect, collide and expand, blending Afrofuturism with the true story of Henrietta Lacks and one little girl’s love of science. This winter, journey from East Baltimore to Chicago’s West Side to outer space, as J. Nicole Brooks’ new play explores who has the power over the stuff we are made of.

Age Recommendation: 13+ due to some strong language