“Facing Our Truth” CANCELLELD – Six ten minute plays about Trayvon Martin


We have just received a notice that this event has been cancelled with apologies.

As time has passed, the Trayvon Martin murder has grown from one of outrage to one of deep thought and contemplation, especially among playwrights. Multicultural BRIDGE, Kickwheel Ensemble Theatre, and Bard College and Bard Academy at Simon’s Rock are joining together to present a reading of Facing Our Truth, a collection of six 10-minute plays by Winter Miller, Marcus Gardley, Dominique Morrisseau, Mona Mansour & Tala Manassah, Dan O’Brien with Quetzal Flores, and A. Rey Pamatmat. Reflecting on race relations in the United States, this collection of one-acts was inspired by events surrounding the Trayvon Martin case. Simon’s Rock hosts the event at The McConnell Theatre, November 15, 2016 at 7:00PM with a moderated panel and community discussion to follow.

In 2013, The New Black Fest in New York City commissioned six very diverse playwrights to write 10-minute plays on the topic of Trayvon Martin, race and/or privilege. This commission resulted in a collection of one-acts titled Facing our Truth which continue to be presented around the country. Facing Our Truth’s purpose is to spark serious discussion in our collective communities around these urgent issues.

The directors for the Facing Our Truth one-acts are Sara Katzoff (Simon’s Rock ’97), Emma Dweck, Jim Frangione, Chris Tucci, and Amy Brentano. The performers are an exciting mix of Simon’s Rock Students, Faculty, Alumni and Staff.

A panel discussion, moderated by Gwendolyn Hampton VanSant (Simon’s Rock ’87), will follow the staged reading. The panelists include: director, actors and members of the Council for Equity and Inclusion at Simon’s Rock.

The Facing Our Truth production team is committed to serving our community by presenting a vital theatrical response to the national conversation on race-based hate crimes, with the goal of addressing our specific, immediate need for an effective response to our County’s challenges around race, bias, and privilege. In light of the recent racialized events in our own community, the Council for Equity and Inclusion at Simon’s Rock invites educators and students from our neighboring institutions. The event is free.

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