The "theme" of our April call for submissions was "public safety." This category was intentionally broad, and Rachel's play Good Bad People touches on it in a couple of different ways. First and foremost, it deals with systematic racism and police brutality. Alone, these are issues that directly impact the safety of our citizenry -- especially citizens of color, who are disproportionately affected. But the play also touches on gun violence. The characters in the play are grappling with the death of Amiri, who was shot to death by an officer. Guns cannot be taken out of the equation.
Talk Back Theatre aims to share a playwright's work and use it as a jumping-off point for conversation. Our post-show conversation will center around these public safety issues. TBT is forming the panel now, and we know that in addition to providing a platform to talk about racial justice, we will be discussing grief and loss and the nature of storytelling -- and why it's so important.