Anderson Cobb produces play about insurrection

Update March 7, 2023:

Anderson Cobb facilitates workshop on her play about insurrection

Nicole Anderson Cobb (MS '16, journalism) recently facilitated a community workshop about her play Homegrown: An Insurrection Play, following a free screening at the First Mennonite Church of Champaign-Urbana. 

The play had previously run at the Station Theatre in Urbana in December and was also available to view virtually in February.  

During the workshop, community members gathered to discuss the themes of the play and how they relate to a person’s civic duty. 

Learn more about her play in this News-Gazette feature.



Nicole Anderson Cobb (MS '16, journalism) was recently featured on Illinois Public Media radio program The 21st to discuss her play, Homegrown: An Insurrection Play. The play ran December 2-11 at The Station Theatre in Urbana. During the interview, she discussed the insurrection and the process of writing and producing the play. 

Anderson Cobb, an author, historian, and playwright, said Homegrown: An Insurrection Play considers the impact of January 6, 2021, on a fictional church community grappling with the pandemic, political polarization, and racial protest. She holds multiple degrees from the University of Illinois: BA '95 in political science, MA '99 in history, and PhD '07 in history.

Watch the play’s trailer: