DCBTAF Alumni & One Act Battle Winner - Jennifer Petticolas:

Jennifer Lipford Petticolas, a retired educator, is a native of Lynchburg, Virginia.  She graduated from Dunbar High School. She completed her undergraduate work at Livingstone College in Salisbury, North Carolina.  She earned a Master’s Degree in English Education and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Lynchburg College. Her passion is writing.  The passion for writing started when she was a student at Dunbar High School. Her mission as a writer is to make a difference.  Some of her plays are Sunday’s Child – Dr. Robert Walter “Whirlwind Johnson, Menopausal and Still Groovin’ and Fried Bologna Kinda Day (both won first place in the D. C. Black Theatre Festival Battle), Little Black Dress, Black Lives Matter, A Little Bit of Ray, Unforgettable, In My Son’s Name, Remnants of Her Sins, I Know the Secret, The Park Bench, He Gave Me Flowers, Take Me Back – A Christmas Play, The Ultimate Gift – A Christmas Play, An Angel Among Us – A Christmas Play and As I Stood at the Gate, a play adapted from a novel of the same title by David Woulf. Jennifer is most proud of her play Little Black Dress.  This play is based on a true story about a young lady, Brittney Kittrell, who committed suicide on the campus of George Mason University.  Before this play was performed, it was read to representatives from Lynchburg Mental Health, Centra Health, and the Crisis Center for feedback.  After the debut of the play in the ballroom of the Holiday Inn Downtown, it was performed twice at E. C. Glass High School.  The play was also performed at Howard University, Cross Roads Mental Health in Farmville, Virginia, twice for Henrico Mental Health in Henrico, Virginia, and as a part of the D.C. Black Theatre Festival.


Jennifer directed A Raisin in the Sun, Fences, A Star Ain’t Nothing but A Hole in Heaven, and several her own plays. She also directed a reading of Clybourne Park.


Jennifer was a founding member of the Black Theatre Ensemble. She created JLP Productions in 2010. She serves on the planning committee for the D. C. Black Theatre Festival.  Jennifer is the proud mother of two daughters, Kisha Petticolas, a defense attorney in Talbot County, Maryland and Tameka Petticolas, a teacher of children with autism, in Washington, D.C. Public Schools.  Jennifer is the very proud grandmother of Joshua Augustus Clemons.

The DC Black Theatre & Arts Festival


JLP Productions and Telly Tucker and Friends



Just a Little Bit of Ray as a part of the DC Black Theatre and Arts Festival and as an acknowledgment of Black Music Month. Just A Little Bit of Ray – a tribute, pays homage to the late musical genius Ray Charles. Charles delved into multiple genres of music. Singers will perform a sampling of the Grammy Award winners - blues, soul, and country. Just A Little Bit of Ray features songs of Charles including I Got A Woman, Georgia On My Mind, Shake a Tail Feather, The Night Time is the Right Time, and many more. Just A Little Bit of Ray is not just a concert. Stories and anecdotes about Charles will be shared.




Ticketing Information:

Date: Saturday - June 22, 2019 @ Time: 5:00PM

Location: THEARC Blackbox - 1801 Mississippi Ave SE Washington, DC