Audience Decides Ferguson Shooting Verdict in New Play | Playbill

News Audience Decides Ferguson Shooting Verdict in New Play Odyssey Theatre of Los Angeles will present Theatre Verité's Ferguson, a staged version of the actual Grand Jury testimony recorded from the controversial case of a white police officer's shooting of unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, MO, which made international headlines. Members of the audience will read the transcripts, and the entire audience will serve as the jury in the performance.

In Ferguson, a cast of 15, made up of theatregoers, will read the actual testimony and witness interviews heard by the Ferguson, MO grand jury that declined to indict local police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of Michael Brown. Following each staged reading, "interactive voting" will be used to decide whether or not to indict Wilson.

Performances will run April 26-April 29 at the Odyssey Theatre.

The play is arranged by journalist and documentary filmmaker Phelim McAleer, who has called Ferguson "the most important" project he's ever done. "I have an opportunity to bring to the stage the truth about what happened in Ferguson, Missouri the morning police officer Darren Wilson shot dead Michael Brown," says McAleer on the play's Indiegogo funding page. "The truth is full of shocks and surprises, but it is unbelievably compelling."

On Aug. 9, 2014, Brown, a young unarmed black man, was shot dead by white officer Wilson. A Grand Jury made the decision not to indict Wilson, spurring protests around the country and making international headlines.

McAleer, who states that as a journalist he is "only interested in what really happened," has drawn from the verbatim theatre movement, which uses exact testimony from public enquiries or court cases. The Odyssey Theatre is located at 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles. For more information and to purchase tickets please visit

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