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Facing Our Truth: Short Plays on Trayvon, Race, and Privilege

Facing Our Truth: Short Plays on Trayvon, Race, and Privilege
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Author: A. Rey Pamatmat, Dan O'Brien, Dominique Morisseau, Mona Mansour, Winter Miller, Marcus Gardley, Tala Manassah, Quetzal Flores
Publisher: Samuel French (cover image may change)
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 94
Pub. Date: 2015
ISBN-10: 0573704260
ISBN-13: 9780573704260

About the Play:

Following the 2012 death of Trayvon Martin, and the trial and eventual acquittal of George Zimmerman, New York-based theatre company The New Black Fest responded by hiring six very diverse playwrights to write 10-minute plays on the topic of Trayvon Martin, race and privilege in America. What resulted are six gorgeous plays, some hilarious, some sorrowful.

The collection, Facing Our Truth: Ten Minute Plays on Trayvon, Race and Privilege is comprised of the following 10-minute plays:

The Ballad Of George Zimmerman is a ten-minute drama written by Dan O'Brien with music by the composer Quetzal Flores: A folk opera recreating the ten minutes leading to the murder of Trayvon Martin, The Ballad of George Zimmerman explores the mind of his killer. (Cast: 1 female, 2 male)

Colored is a ten-minute drama by Winter Miller: Interactions between passengers on a subway ride escalate dangerously. (Cast: 3 female, 4 male)

Dressing is a ten-minute drama by Mona Mansour and Tala Manassah: A play in three parts: a mother teases her son over his attire just as he gets ready to leave for school. He pushes back playfully; they play this game all the time. Parts two and three follow this mother as she experiences an unimaginable loss, shedding light on the nature of the vulnerability of the physical self. (Cast: 1 female, 1 male)

Night Vision is a ten-minute drama by Dominique Morisseau: Ayanna and Ezra witness a woman getting beaten on the street by a man in a hooded sweatshirt. After they diffuse the situation they return to their apartment to call the police. However, when they discover how their accounts of the attacker differ, both are left questioning the truth of what they saw. (Cast: 1 female, 1 male)

No More Monsters Here is a ten-minute political satire by Marcus Gardley: A young white female visits a psychiatrist and gets diagnosed with "Negro-phobia": a fear of African American people. The psychiatrist tells her that the cure is for her to spend three days literally living in the body of a young African American male who lives in the hood. The end result is a revelation that will make you laugh, shock you and perhaps break your heart! (Cast: 2 female, 3 male)

Some Other Kid is a ten-minute drama by A. Rey Pamatmat: Three young people weigh both the potentially liberating privileges and the potentially deadly consequences of being just some other kid. (Cast: 1 female, 2 male)

Facing Our Truth: Ten Minute Plays on Trayvon, Race and Privilege was first performed in 2013 under the supervision of New York City's The New Black Fest at the Martin Segal Theater at CUNY Graduate Center. Since then other theatre companies successfully staged the works at professional theatres across the US, including the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, the Center Theatre Group of Los Angeles, The Public Theater in New York City, the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles and the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company of Washington D.C.