New Freedom Theatre will present the world premiere of The Ballad of Trayvon Martin May 11-22, a docudrama inspired by the real-life events surrounding the death of teenager Trayvon Martin, who helped inspire the Black Lives Matter movement.
Martin was a 17-year-old African American who was fatally shot by a neighborhood watch volunteer in 2012. The new theatrical piece will use music, hip hop and dance to document the final hours of his life.
The Ballad of Trayvon Martin is written by Thomas J. Soto and by Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj, who also choreographs and directs. The show will be staged at 1346 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia.
Maharaj is known for his documentary-style political work; he started Rebel Theatre Company in New York City and has directed at the Public Theater, Classical Theatre of Harlem and the Lark, among others.
For tickets and information on The Ballad of Trayvon Martin, visit freedomtheatre.org.