Goodman Theatre tackles Trayvon Martin killing

Goodman Theatre tackles Trayvon Martin killing

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SANFORD, Florida: Trayvon Martin supporters march through the historically African American community of Goldsboro on their way to an NAACP rally in front of the Sanford Police Department on March 31, 2012 in Sanford, Florida. Martin was killed by George Michael Zimmerman while on neighborhood watch patrol in the gated community of The Retreat at Twin Lakes. Rev. Jesse Jackson, Rev. Al Sharpton and NAACP President Benjamin Jealous were amongst the supporters demanding Zimmerman's arrest.

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by Associate Press

khou.com

Posted on February 25, 2014 at 4:54 PM

CHICAGO -- The Goodman Theatre is the latest company to join a national push to stage a night of short plays about the killing of Trayvon Martin.

The Goodman will present six 10-minute works by Marcus Gardley, Tala Manassah, Mona Mansour, Winter Miller, Dominique Morisseau, Dan O'Brien, Quetzel Flores and A. Rey Pamatmat as part of a March 3 production of "Facing Our Truth: Short Plays on Trayvon Martin, Race and Privilege."

Other theater companies that have signed on to present the works this season include 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.

The 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Martin in Florida sparked a nationwide debate about race and self-defense. George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer at the time, was accused of racially profiling Martin and said he shot the teen to protect himself. Martin was unarmed.

The plays were commissioned by The New Black Fest, a Brooklyn-based company dedicated to supporting African-American playwrights. The Goodman plans to also present six student works written in response to Martin's death.

Tickets are free but reservations are required.

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