The Eli and Edythe Broad Stage in Santa Monica presents a one-night-only staging of Kyle D. Bowser's Trial by Jury: The Case of The N-Word October 17. The interactive event combines film, dramatized litigation and audience participation to explore a polarizing topic: the use of the “N-Word.”
In Trial by Jury: The Case of The N-Word, a nine-year-old girl learns the “N-Word“ during a Black History Month lesson. The school’s choice to include the word in its curriculum disturbs her parents—who had taken precautions to shield her from it—and who decide to sue the institution.
During the show, a short film will depict the trial and jury deliberation. The audience is then given the opportunity to express their opinions on the issue, culminating with a vote. The Case of The N-Word has been staged across the country and will be presented in Santa Monica for one night only.
“From its inception, The N-word has both empowered and demoralized. It has become a linguistic lightning rod, separating friend from foe and defining respective politics and ideals,” state production notes.