Center Stage to participate in play project addressing issues of Trayvon Martin case

A set of plays reacting to issues raised by the Trayvon Martin case will be created by seven playwrights with the support of theater companies around the country, including Baltimore's Center Stage.

The venture, "Facing Our Truth: Ten-Minute Plays on Trayvon, Race and Privilege," was launched by the New Black Fest, a New York-based organization that supports the work of black theater artists. 

"We are interested in the playwrights and encouraging of the project," said Heather Jackson, public relations manager at Center Stage. "But there is a lot that is still not known. It's in the organic phase."

The participating playwrights: Marcus Gardley, the team of Mona Mansour and Tala Manassah, Winter Miller, Dominique Morisseau, Dan O’Brien and A. Rey Pamatmat. Their works are expected to be finished in September.

In addition to Center Stage, companies that have joined the project include Washington's Woolly Mammoth, New York's National Black Theatre, Atlanta's Alliance Theatre, Chicago's Goodman Theatre and L.A.'s Mark Taper Forum.

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