Conservative filmmaker Phelim McAleer announced his new project on Monday: FERGUSON, a “verbatim” theatrical production that will feature actors reading directly from the grand jury testimonies surrounding the shooting death of Michael Brown. At the end of the performance, the audience will be asked to decide whether or not to indict Officer Darren Wilson.
The play is scheduled to run for four nights, April 26-29, at L.A.’s Odyssey Theatre. The play follows the style of Verbatim Theatre, a “documentary”-style dramatic genre which involves word-for-word readings of real-life interviews, testimonies, and recorded events.
McAleer, the writer, described the play as using actual grand jury testimony to show “in excruciating, first person, multi-perspective eyewitness detail” what happened leading up to the shooting death of Michael Brown. “It will dispel a lot of the half-truths and myths about the shooting,” said McAleer, who expects the play for that reason to be “very controversial.”
The play will have no added dramatizations, sticking solely to sworn testimony and interviews for its dialog.
The play debuts in Santa Monica’s Odyssey Theatre with plans to show it in multiple venues across the country.
McAleer and his filmmaking partner Ann McElhinney have developed a reputation for confronting head-on the "half-truths and myths" of the left. Their previous projects include the documentaries Mine Your Own Business: The Dark Side of Environmentalism (2006), which tells the "other half of the story" on the mining industry, Not Evil Just Wrong (20009), which exposes the damage inflicted upon "vulnerable populations in the developed and developing world" by environmentalist extremism, and FrackNation (2013), which takes on the anti-fracking movement. McAleer and McElhinney are currently working on a crowdfunded feature film on the notorious abortionist serial killer Kermit Gosnell.
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