Watch Flashmob Created by Broadway Stars in Response to Death of Eric Garner (Video)
31 Jul 2014
WalkRunFly Productions organized a flashmob July 29 in response to the death of Eric Garner, who died July 17 after allegedly being placed in a prohibited chokehold by a New York police officer in Staten Island.
Garner, 43, was confronted by NYPD officers after allegedly selling bootleg cigarettes in the Tompkinsville section of Staten Island, according to the Daily News.
A YouTube video, captured by cell phone, shows officer Daniel Pantaleo taking Garner to the ground and Garner repeatedly pleading, "I can't breathe."
The company, in partnership with MSNBC's thegrio, shot a flashmob video featuring Daniel J. Watts (Motown, After Midnight, Ghost, Memphis) performing a spoken-word piece in front of a group of over 100 Broadway performers humming a melody.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.