Objectively/Reasonable [Return Engagement]


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

Returning by Popular Demand
The “Most Socially Significant Local Play” of 2016
— The Cleveland Critics Circle

February 17 – March 11, 2017
Thursday-Saturday at 7:30 pm & Sunday at 2:30 pm

Playwrights Local proudly announces the return of Objectively/Reasonable, the critically acclaimed documentary play that premiered to sold-out houses in August 2016. Presented as a community response to the 2014 shooting of Tamir Rice, this powerful new work is based on original interviews with legal experts, social critics, police officers, parents, and other Greater Clevelanders. Featuring contributions from an ensemble of writers—Mike Geither, Tom Hayes, Lisa Langford, Michael Oatman, and David Todd—the play considers the impact and aftermath of this tragedy as captured through a diverse set of unheard voices. Objectively/Reasonable was conceived and edited by David Todd and is directed 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

Special Post-Show Discussions

February 17: Hosted by Mansfield Frazier

February 19: Hosted by Ayesha Bell Hardaway

February 26: Hosted by Daniel Gray-Kontar

March 5: Hosted by Kwanza Brewer

March 10: Hosted by A. Harris Brown

Press for Return Engagement

“This is a well-deserved ‘revival’, since it is a powerful and resonant piece of theater…See it. Absorb it. Be changed by it.”
Scene Magazine,  20 February 2017

“The powerful [original] performances were virtually sold out, so the company is re-staging it. If you did not see it the first time, you need to see it now.”
Cool Cleveland (Anastasia Pantsios), February 2017

“This work is raw; it serves it up straight, no chaser; it takes no prisoners; minces no words; spares no feelings…Everyone who missed this play the first time around should make a real effort to get off their lazy asses and go see it this time.”
Cool Cleveland (Mansfield Frazier), February 2017

Press for Premiere Production

Archive at Premiere Production Page


Samone Cummings

Kali Hatten

Christina Johnson

LaShawn Little

Joshua McElroy

Mary-Francis Renee Miller


Corin B. Self

Nathan Tolliver

Creative Team

Ludie Cummings……….Board Operator

Geraldine Harris……….Stage Manager

Tom Hayes……….Carpenter

Cory Molner……….Electrician

Margaret Peebles……….Lighting Designer

Terrence Spivey……….Set Designer

David Todd……..Sound Designer

Nathan Tolliver……….Assistant Director


Credit: Tom Kondilas. Click for complete gallery.