A Community Response to the Shooting of Tamir Rice, 11/22/14

by Playwrights Local
Conceived and edited by David Todd
Directed by Terrence Spivey

August 18 – September 4, 2016
Thursday-Saturday at 7:30 pm & Sunday at 2:30 pm

With special post-show discussions:
August 18: Hosted by Peter Lawson Jones
August 19: Hosted by A. Harris Brown
August 21: Hosted by Ronnie A. Dunn, Ph.D.
August 28: Hosted by Mansfield Frazier
September 4: Hosted by Tammy Tucker

A documentary play on the impact and aftermath of the Tamir Rice shooting, expressing unheard voices from the Cudell neighborhood and Greater Cleveland. This new work lets the people speak, with their fears, reservations, and hopes fueling monologues drawn from original interviews. Created by an ensemble of playwrights—Mike Geither, Tom Hayes, Lisa Langford, Michael Oatman, and David Todd—Objectively/Reasonable features direction by Terrence Spivey, former artistic director of Karamu House.

Run Time: Approximately 90 minutes, without intermission.


David Todd

Contributing Playwrights

Mike Geither 

Tom Hayes

Lisa Langford 

Michael Oatman

David Todd 


Terrence Spivey


Ashley Aquilla

Kaila Benford

India Burton

Samone Cummings

Ananias Dixon

Kali Hatten


LaShawn Little 

Brenton Lyles

Nathan Tolliver

Awards & Recognition

Best Director: Terrence Spivey
Scene Magazine, May 2018

Top Plays of 2016
Land of Cleve, 30 December 2016

Outstanding Non-Musical Productions / Outstanding Performance by a Female: Ashley Aquilla
Broadway World-Cleveland, 20 December 2016

Most Socially Significant Local Play of 2016
The Cleveland Critics Circle, 19 December 2016

Creative Team

Ludie Cummings……….Board Operator

Tom Hayes……….Carpenter

Maya Jones……….Assistant Director/Stage Manager

Stephanie Kahn……….Master Electrician

Margaret Peebles……….Lighting Designer

Greg Smith……….Carpenter

Terrence Spivey……….Set Designer

David Todd……..Sound Designer


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