As theaters across the country recover from a year of closed stages, the industry’s performers are incentivized to build a more inclusive industry and — through art — continue last year’s conversations about racial justice. .
“I was riding my bike one day and listening to ’12 Angry Men’ – the original – and was so deeply moved by how the conversation was so relevant to what was happening at the time around the George Floyd case, and Breonna Taylor ,” said playwright and director TaNisha Fordham.
Fordham’s “12 Mo’ Angry Men” was written during the heights of the racial justice demonstrations. This modern reinterpretation Reginald Rose’s iconic play on justice and inequality is an attempt to regain the original.
This play is about a jury that deliberates on a case involving a white officer who killed and shot a black teenager. In the summer, the play premiered in New Jersey. It will go to Broadway later in the year.
Fordham said, “It sparked great conversations and it will continue being so.”
Fordham said that despite the New York City podium, she hopes “12 mo’ Angry men” can reach smaller communities throughout the country.
She said, “It’s cool being on Broadway.” “It’s great that all these voices from the black community will be on Broadway when it begins. They will be there for 60 days. 90 days. Six months. It’s still possible for a little black child, an Asian child, or a white kid to feel disempowered in the local community.
Black Theater United hopes to continue to shape the industry as a producer, playwright, actor, and playwright.
Fordham stated, “Broadway and Off-Broadway, all over the country – if there aren’t images of us, or of our world, then our job as artists, speakers, and people who hold the microphone to express the things that matter to us is to be artists.”