In light of events occurring within the past several years, it seems that tragedy has struck the black community back-to-back in the form of police brutality, harassment, and hate crimes. Such tribulations are not foreign to Black Americans, however, the buildup of broken black bodies and false accusations has left them distressed and gasping for air in the congested minefield of civil injustice. Cries for respect and human decency from police have exponentially evolved into a sonic boom for all the world to hear. Stuck in the crosshairs of their blackness and profession, the double consciousness of the black police officer is examined in the award-winning play “Don’t Call Me Brother”
“Don’t Call Me Brother” is written by creative activist Jeanette Hill, directed by William Young IV and Tangie Beaty of WOW Productions and stars Rod Lorick as the lead protagonist Andrew Merritt and Glenn Johnson as Hassan, the protagonist’s activist brother. Andrew Merritt is a black cop who receives a promotion after the killing of a black youth at the hands of a fellow police officer. The odd timing of the opportunity paired with constant criticism from his activist brother, Hassan, throws Andrew into a seemingly inescapable struggle. As the tug-of-war between his profession and his community begins to take a toll on him, Andrew is led to question where his loyalties lie. His job or his people? Black or Blue?
The production will open on Thursday, March 15 at 7:30pm and run through Sunday, March 25, located at the WOW Performing Arts Center at 5816 Shakespeare Rd. Columbia, SC 29223.
Following the performance on Sunday, March 18, the production will be providing a open panel with the Richland County Sheriff’s Department.
Order your tickets online at this link. Tickets are $25 online and $30 at the door.
For a preview of Don’t Call Me Brother, click here.