Last July, Cry Havoc Theater Company’s group of about a dozen teenage actors was preparing for its upcoming summer play Good Kids.
But the July 7 police ambush, which followed a peaceful protest in downtown Dallas, interrupted the young actors' practice. Founder Mara Richards Bim felt it was important to talk to the students about their emotions.
“I felt like, as the head of the company, there was a need to go in and check in with the kids. It turned into a several-hours-long conversation,” Richards Bim said.
Months later, that conversation and many more afterward turned into the documentary-style play Shots Fired, which returns for a weeklong run on Friday’s anniversary.
The Dallas events followed social justice marches across the country, prompted by the deaths of two black men, Philando Castile and Alton Sterling. The shootings by police were both captured on video and just days apart.
Shots Fired tackles issues of race relations and how police handled the Dallas ambush and the search for the shooter.