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The Trayvon Martin Project

Start Date: May 31 6:00 PM
This event is open to the public

The Phillips Academy Department of Theater and Dance in association with The New Black Fest is pleased to present a series of one act plays focusing on Trayvon Martin, race and privilege. In addition to the performances  being offered on Thursday, May 29 and  Friday, May 30, two performance will be offered Saturday evening, May 31. All performances will be held in Steinbach Theatre in George Washington Hall. More than 50 students are involved in this performance in directing, acting or technical production roles.

Phillips Academy is the first academic institution in the United States to undertake these short plays. The New Black Fest, which supports black playwrights and their work, commissioned seven playwrights from different ethnicities to pen these six works. Facing Our Truth's purpose is to incite serious discussion in communities around the issues of race and privilege.

”In recent years, it has become popular to commission theme-based short plays cycles,” says Allen Grimm. “I have read and taught short play cycles on Iraq and Afghanistan, 9/11 and the NYC subway. These short plays, by Marcus Gardley, A. Rey Pamatmat, Mona Mansour, Tala Manussah, Dominique Morisseau, Winter Miller and the musical by Dan O’Brien and Quetzal Flores vary in style and structure, creating a challenge and an opportunity for all of us involved in the project.”

Performances of Facing Our Truth are May 29 at 7:00 pm, May 30 at 6:00 pm and May 31 at 6:00 and 8:00 pm. Tickets are $5 and may be reserved through the box office. Saturday evening between the 6 and 8 pm performances there will be Q&A session with Keith Adkins, Artistic Director, The New Black Fest.

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