From the Columbia Chronicle
by Ariel Parrella-Aureli
Florrisant and Canfield (by Kristiana Rae Colón) used to be just another a street intersection in Ferguson, Missouri. Now, it is much more.
In 2014, Michael Brown was killed by acquitted police officer Darren Wilson at the intersection. As it became a place for national protests against police brutality, it also inspired a new play by Chicago activist and poet Kristiana Rae Colón.
“Florissant & Canfield” started as new work that was part of the VG Reading Series at Victory Gardens Theater before getting picked up by The Goodman Theatre during its annual playwriting unit for Chicago writers. Now, the play is part of the theater’s New Stages Festival, running from Sept. 21–Oct. 9, and is free to the public. The play will perform as a sold-out staged reading Oct. 9 at the Goodman, 170 N. Dearborn St.
Colón is using this play to move stories of political activism from the streets of Ferguson to the stage—a medium that is still generally geared toward white audiences, she said. While it is a risk, Colón said she is grateful for the chance to have her work performed.
“I am delighted the Goodman has been brave enough to take on such a radical piece of theater,” Colón said.
Read the full article.
Robert A. Freedman Dramatic Agency, Inc.
Representing writers since 1928.