Production dates: January 25, 2017 – March 26, 2017 in the Gompertz Theatre
In this poignant drama about family, loss, grief, and hope, Kimber Lee introduces us to Tray Thompson, an eighteen-year-old young black man doing everything right in the violent neighborhood of Brownsville in Brooklyn. Tray is shot and killed after being in the wrong place at the wrong time during a gang dispute. His grandmother Lena, his sister Devine, and his stepmother Merrell must come to terms with his loss, while dwelling on the life he left behind, and discover how they must live together in the space he left behind. This play presents just one example of how the cycle of poverty and violence are killing our black men and boys, through the lens of one young black man. He is not just a statistic, not just a one-day local headline; he is a person with triumphs and losses, strengths and ﬂaws. He was a human being, a brother, a son, a grandson, a scholar, and a boxer, and his name was Tramaine Berry Thompson.
The Forum Question
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Chief Judge Charles E. Williams, Circuit Judge of the 12th Judicial Court and Steering Committee Chair posed this question for this year’s online discussion. Read his bio by clicking here. The Question 2016 was one of the most violent years in Chicago’s history with a final tally of 762 homicides.
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