By Carey Purcell
13 Dec 2013
Opening Feb. 5, 2014, which is the late Trayvon Martin's birthday, the limited engagement will run through Feb. 10 as part of National Black Theatre's Black History Month Programs.
The six plays, which will be directed by Ebony Golden and Axel Avin Jr., were written by Dominique Morisseau, Winter Miller, Dan O'Brien with Grammy winner Quetzal Flores, Marcus Gardley, Mona Mansour and Tala Manassah and A. Rey Pamatmat.
"The goal for these events is to help spark a discussion about privilege and race in this country. This is a perfect piece for the whole family to attend," press notes state.
Originally commissioned by The New Black Fest, Facing Our Truth comprises short works the playwrights were asked to write in light of the George Zimmerman verdict, to question positions on race and privilege in the country.
The plays will be paired with an array of community engagement activities with the help of Betty's Daughter Arts Collaborative. The event will kick off with a celebration of the life of Trayvon Martin in honor of his birthday, and will also include a Feb. 8 symposium entitled Coming Face to Face with Our Truth that will highlight the effect that Trayvon Martin's life and the events surrounding the trial had on the community.
Throughout the five-day series of events, NBT will curate an exhibition called "The Hoodie: Art Exhibit" that will display works by visual artists who use the iconic hoodie to explore the topic of how the clothes we wear define who we are.
Tickets and more information are available by calling (212) 722-3800 or visiting nationalblacktheatre.org.