A Children’s Theatre Company Original World Premiere Production
Josh and Emma are best friends and neighbors. They love jumping on the trampoline and joking with Emma’s uncle Manny. But something has happened in their town.
When a Black man is killed by a police officer, Emma and Josh have questions—lots of questions about what happened, and why. Emma had been so excited to have her Uncle Manny, who is a police officer, speak at career day at her school, but now she doesn’t want him to come. Josh’s brother Malcom challenges his parents to speak up and leaves the house to protest, but makes Josh promise to keep it a secret. With so much going on, Josh and Emma don’t know how to keep their friendship from being pulled apart.
Layered with compassion and humor, this new play invites you into the living rooms of these two families (one Black and one White) as they wrestle with how to help their children make sense of what happened. As we watch Josh and Emma try to come together to find answers, we can come together as a community and find our way to better understanding each other.
Written by Cheryl L. West
Directed by Timothy Douglas
Based on the book Something Happened in Our Town by Marianne Celano, PhD, ABPP; Marietta Collins, PhD; Ann Hazzard, PhD, ABPP
Best enjoyed by
Ages 7 and up
UnitedHealth Group Stage
Available for children 3 years and younger
“In a time of reckoning in our country, this work is a call to action, to facilitate the much-needed discussion about inclusion, compassion, and what it really means to be peace makers in our homes, schools, and communities. Hopefully, this story will move us one step closer to healing our racial divide.”
– Playwright Cheryl L. West
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