Theatre Verite Collective presents this new verbatim drama, a staged version of selections from the grand jury testimony in the case of the shooting death of Michael Brown. More…
Michael Brown's shooting by police officer Darren Wilson was one of the most controversial police shootings of recent years and led to the founding of the Black Lives Matter movement. However, the grand jury voted not to indict Wilson based on the sworn testimony of eyewitnesses. 'Ferguson' explores how this decision was made, based on the testimony the grand jury received.
"Members of the cast played their roles with impervious conviction, inciting an unyielding sense of resonation and sympathy...For anyone interested in seeing an incredible cast gaining a more objective scope on the misfortune of Michael Brown and ensuing injustices that follow, this play is definitely suitable." Full Review
“The acting, directing and design are all competent...While there are some inherently riveting moments...it can feel at times like sitting through the tedious parts that 'Law and Order' leaves out...‘Ferguson’ could have looked more broadly into the significance of the confrontation and reaction to it for what it says about America...McAleer intends 'Ferguson' not just to debunk popular assumptions about the Brown killing but to discredit the entire movement." Full Review
See it if You want to hear the actual words of the witnesses. This is "VERBATIM" theater which uses the words directly from the Grand Jury testimony.
Don't see it if You don't want to hear something that may challenge a strongly-held belief.
See it if You like to make your own decisions about social and political issues or are interested in how art can reveal truth.
Don't see it if You prefer conventional entertainment or are happy living in a media filter bubble and prefer not to have to think for yourself.
See it if you enjoy courtroom dramas or want to learn more about this highly controversial trial.
Don't see it if you lean toward the left. This is a very conservative depiction of the trial with a specific political intent that many will not agree with.
See it if you want an unbiased presentation of the Ferguson shooting that sparked the "Black Lives Matter" movement.
Don't see it if you have a political agenda that leans towards the left, if you have your own opinion of current events and are un-swayed by "facts".
See it if You want to know the facts surrounding this very publicized trial. You might be surprised by what you learn
Don't see it if You want an escape from today's political climate, or have a hard time watching court room procedures like Law and Order.
See it if You are someone who likes facts and does not take a liberal view and gets offended when the facts are not on their side. I liked the show.
Don't see it if You are unreasonably liberal and overly sensitive.
See it if You enjoy ripped from headline stories with unique angle and point of view, focusing on cop rather than victim.
Don't see it if You easily get bored by court room dramas as best part is last half hour.
See it if you want to know all the details of the trail and enjoy true-life event plays. It's a must see for everyone.
Don't see it if while thought provoking the direction could've better been laid out: less people on the stage during certain scenes & less jumping around.
See it if you want factual details regarding behind the grand jury decision not to indict the police in the Ferguson/Michael Brown tragedy.
Don't see it if want dramatic human interaction to gain insight into why the justice system and people make important decisions. You won't get that here.
See it if you're interested in trial reenactments in general or this case in particular, or if you enjoy seeing shows still in the development phase
Don't see it if you're looking for a polished show or if you are left-leaning. The show highlights a variety of perspectives but has a clear final message
See it if You want another perspective on this tragic chapter in American history.
Don't see it if The material is very raw and emotional, not easy if you are especially sensitive to issues of race and justice in this country.
See it if You like engrossing, provocative theater. Hands Up Don’t Shoot has become a rallying cry, and wholly unrecognizable to the truth.
Don't see it if You don't have an open mind.
See it if You enjoy or want to experience verbatim theatre. You want to see a show with a terrific cast.
Don't see it if You are looking for an unbiased account of Mike Brown's hearing. The playwright has an agenda and 'Truth Matters' is a misnomer.
See it if You like plays about real life experiences. I liked the format it was presented in.
Don't see it if You want to see a play with full sets and written as a story. This is very much like being on jury duty.
See it if Choppy, poor performances won't ruin the experience of an up to the moment, relevant commentery
Don't see it if You have preconceived idea's regarding current events, you don't like fact based shows that pull no punches
See it if you are interested in watching plays based on true events and are willing to continue the conversation. You like "legal" plots.
Don't see it if the topic is too painful to re-live it.
See it if McAleer's attempt to dramatize hot-button topic of police brutality fails to ignite; raises more questions than it can answer which is good
Don't see it if Dry grand jury testimony left unshaped & unfocused despite pro-law/order stance Acting uneven except Dunn's offending officer Darren Wilson
See it if Fantastic new perspective on a known story -- but the actors didn't know their lines! They weren't acting because they were talking
Don't see it if You want a fictional story or don't like it when people play the devil's advocate.
See it if you are interested in what happens in a grand jury room.
Don't see it if you are looking for a balanced perspective on police brutality. The playwright has a clear conservative agenda.
Get alerts about your favorite artists and theater companies