By now you’ve had to have been living under a rock to not know about the Trayvon Martin case or George Zimmerman in one way or another. If you somehow haven’t, here’s the abridged version. On February 26 2012, 17- year old high school student, Trayvon was gunned down in cold blood by Zimmerman, a scared and all out bitch made captain of neighborhood watchmen. In the year and a half that followed, Martin’s teenaged character and moral fiber was dragged thru the mud, while Zimmerman was arrested, arraigned, and eventually released after a jury of his peers found him not guilty of 2nd degree murder and manslaughter.
Over the last few years Zimmerman has found himself in and out of jail all while ammassing over $800,000 through donations and the sale of his shitty paintings. At the same time, Martin’s death sparked the Black Lives Matter movement and refueled a nation of young activists who took to social media to organize and take action. A new round in the battle for civil rights had begun.
Enter The Ballad Of Travon Martin, a “poetic docudrama” written by Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj and Thomas Soto. The theatrical production chronicles the last hours of young Trayvon’s life, while cementing his legacy within the BLM movement. It also draws comparisons between Martin’s demise, and the death of another young black male who’s story helped spark the civil rights movement, Emmett Till.
After a year and a half’s worth of researching Trayvon’s young life and subsequent death, Soto and Maharaj got to work and wrote, choreographed, and casted an all Philadelphia based ensemble ready to take on the task of telling one of the most polarizing stories of the 21st century.
“America is great not because we have everything right, but we can say when things are wrong…I don’t know how any American can think that Trayvon isn’t a part of them.”- Thomas Soto
Opening night for the production is this Thursday (5/12/16) and will run until May 22 at the New Freedom Theatre in Philadelphia, Pa located at 1346 North Broad Street.
Tickets are priced at $20-$35.