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Facing Our Truth: Short Plays on Trayvon, Race and Privilege

The University of La Verne Department of Theatre Arts proudly presents  Facing Our Truth: Short Plays on Trayvon, Race and Privilege based on the tragic incident that sparked the global justice movement #BlackLivesMatter. The production opens November 14th in the Dailey Theatre and runs for seven performances over two weekends.

Trayvon Martin was a 17-year-old youth racially profiled and shot by George Zimmerman on February 26, 2012. That rainy evening, Martin was visiting his aunt who, like Zimmerman, lived at the Twin Lakes Retreat residential complex in Sanford, FL. Walking home from the local 7-11, Martin was spotted by Zimmerman, the Neighborhood Watch Captain, who called the police, describing Martin as “suspicious” and “up to no good”.   Zimmerman’s deduction of Martin’s character based on his skin color and clothing is what compelled him to pursue, threaten and shoot Martin who was unarmed and holding only an Arizona Tea and a bag of Skittles. Martin was shot by Zimmerman in the heart at close range.

The acquittal of Zimmerman, based on the “Stand Your Ground” law that allows the use of deadly force in self-defense even if that force can be safely avoided by retreating, led The New Black Fest  www.thenewblackfest.org to commission six diverse and award winning playwrights to each write a short play. The playwrights include, A Rey. Pamatmat, Dan O’Brien, Dominique Morisseau, Mona Mansour, Winter Miller, Marcus Gardley, Tala Manassah and Quetzal Flores, founder of the Grammy Award winning group “Quetzal”.

No one is free until we are all free.” – Dr. Martin Luther King

Facing our Truth allows audiences a  glimpse into the visceral fear and trauma of growing up Black in America and affords the opportunity to engage audience members into one of the most serious humanitarian and political issues facing our nation today.

Directed by Alma Martinez with Lighting Design by Jennifer Gonzalez (’20), Set Design by Morgan Lee (’20), Costume Design by Jeanette Godoy, and Musical Direction by Quetzal Flores, the cast includes ULV students, faculty and staff.  Dr. Martinez is an Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre Arts. Her prior ULV productions include The Dog’s Will, Electricidad, Tres Actos: The Militants, Vietnam Campesino & Los Vendidos, Vietgone and Machinal (co-director). She is a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, SAG AFTRA, AEA and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (Actors Branch).

Tickets (suggested donation) are $1 for Students and $10 for General Audience Members.

Tickets are available for purchase at Eventbrite HTTP://BIT.LY/FACINGOURTRUTH and at the door.

For more information call (909) 448-4386.

This production contains mature themes and language, parental discretion is advised.