Today marks two years since Trayvon Martin’s life was tragically cut short.
In honor of the slain teen, Chicago’s Goodman Theater will stage a night of short plays about the killing.
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 17-year-old’s death sparked a nationwide debate about race and the stand your ground law. George Zimmerman, who was a neighborhood watch volunteer for the subdivision that Martin’s father lived in at the time, was accused of racially profiling Martin. Despite Martin being unarmed at the time, Zimmerman was acquitted of his murder.
The plays were commissioned by Brooklyn-based company The New Black Fest, which is dedicated to supporting African-American playwrights.
Tickets are free but reservations are required.
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