Facing Our Truths

The fight for social justice, equality, police reform, and human decency continues. We at the Hippodrome Theatre wish to continue that fight with conversation along with action.
Join us on Tuesday, August 4 at 7 p.m. for a special one-night reading of FACING OUR TRUTH: TEN MINUTE PLAYS ON TRAYVON, RACE AND PRIVILEGE. Where we will explore these themes through the art and performance of these powerful short plays. Following the plays we will engage in a town hall discussion with the cast, crew, and select community members to further explore the moment we are currently living in and how we move forward in achieving true equity. We look forward to your engagement and participation.
In light of the George Zimmerman verdict, The New Black Fest commissioned six very diverse playwrights to write 10-minute plays on the topic of Trayvon Martin, race and/or privilege. Facing Our Truth’s purpose is to incite serious discussion in our collective communities around these ongoing urgent issues.

Our reading will be comprised of four out of the six plays. Our actors will be performing NIGHT VISION by Dominique Morisseau, THE BALLAD OF GEORGE ZIMMERMAN by Dan O’Brien, DRESSING by Mono Mansour and Tala Manassah and NO MORE MONSTERS HERE by Marcus Gardley.

Following the readings, there will be a townhall talkback with local community leaders to discuss the work and it’s context in the world today.
This event will be completely free to attend but there will be an option to donate for those who wish. 50% of all donations will be donated towards the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. The other half will go directly towards paying for the rights to perform this piece and the actors involved.
We hope this reading will help to further the important conversations happening in our community.

Tuesday, August 4
7 p.m. EST via Zoom

The limited spaces for this virtual event must be reserved in advance. For any questions, call the Hippodrome Box Office at
(352) 375-4477 Monday through Friday between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.