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Facing Our Truth

STARTS 3/3/2014 Owen Theater
7pm Free, reservations required

Goodman Theatre, in association with Victory Gardens Theater, will present free staged readings of Facing Our Truth: Short Plays on Trayvon, Race & Privilege.

Facing Our Truth: Short Plays on Trayvon, Race & Privilege
Monday, March 3, 2014 | 7pm
Owen Theater | Goodman Theatre



Written in response to the death of Trayvon Martin and the trial of George Zimmerman, the six plays comprising Facing Our Truth were commissioned by New Black Fest, a New York-based theater festival dedicated to “stretching, interrogating and uplifting the Black aesthetic.” The playwrights, a diverse group including Dominique Morisseau (Detroit ’67), Mona Mansour (The Way West), Marcus Gardley (The Gospel of Lovingkindness), Winter Miller (In Darfur), Tala Manassah, A. Rey Pamatmat and Dan O’Brien with composer Quetzal Flores, were chosen for the range of perspectives they bring to this difficult topic. The Goodman is one several theaters nationwide joining to present Facing Our Truth–others include Woolly Mammoth Theatre in Washington, D.C., Alliance Theater in Atlanta and Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles.

In addition to the readings, the Goodman will also present a series of new solo works by high school and college-age youth, written in response to Trayvon Martin’s murder and developed through a series of workshops sponsored by the Goodman’s Education and Community Engagement program and led by teaching artist Bobby Biedrzycki and poet-activist Malcolm London. The readings and solo works will be presented on the set of Buzzer by Tracey Scott Wilson, a play which explores issues of race, class & gentrification. Please join us afterwards for a post-show conversation examining how the pressing issues explored in the plays affect our communities–and what responsibility artists and cultural institutions have to address them.

Facing Our Truth is NOT associated with the Trayvon Martin Foundation.