The U.S. Embassy Literature Series – Celebrating Black History Month

Angela Flournoy reads from her novel The Turner House

The Turners have lived on Yarrow Street for over fifty years. Their house has seen thirteen children grown and gone—and some returned; it has seen the arrival of grandchildren, the fall of Detroit’s East Side, the loss of a father. The house still stands despite abandoned lots, an embattled city, and the inevitable shift outward to the suburbs. But now, as ailing matriarch Viola finds herself forced to leave her home and move in with her eldest son, the family discovers that the house is worth just a tenth of its mortgage. The Turner children are called home to decide its fate and to reckon with how each of their pasts haunt—and shape—their family’s future. The Turner House brings us a colorful, complicated brood full of love and pride, sacrifice and unlikely inheritances. It’s a striking examination of the price we pay for our dreams and futures, and the ways in which our families bring us home.



Tickets 8 € (School groups receive free admission if they register with IRCBerlin[at] by January 20, 2020)

A cooperation between English Theatre Berlin | International Performing Arts Center, the Embassy of the United States of America in Berlin and the American Academy in Berlin