Redefining Community Theater.
In a small Southern town, a white man murders a black man, then throws his body in the weeds. With this act of violence--which is loosely based on the notorious 1955 killing of Emmett Till--James Baldwin launches an unsparing and at times agonizing probe of the wounds of race. For where once a white storekeeper could have shot a "boy" like Richard Henry with impunity, times have changed, and centuries of brutality and fear, patronage and contempt, are about to erupt in a moment of truth as devastating as a shotgun blast. We are using partnership programming with theater and storytelling to create transformative experiences and social change in our community. By exposing our communities to the untold stories of its most vulnerable citizens, and then guiding them to real world organizations, we can give a better understanding to the community of the issues that plague it, as well as provide them with the tools to be better allies. These tie-ins include: Talkbacks, School Curriculum, and Community Panel Discussions.