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

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

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

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


“Electric, probing and uncomfortably raw…deeply moving…It discusses and dissects and sets the notion of ‘a post-racial society’ on fire. This is a play that needs to be seen.”
The Plain Dealer, 20 August 2016

“A work that should travel to theaters all over the country; it needs to be seen and heard by everyone who sincerely wants police brutality to cease in America…A catharsis.”
Cool Cleveland, 21 August 2016

“A must-see experience for anyone interested in the real world around them.”
Broadway World, 22 August 2016 [Reprinted in Scene Magazine, 24 August 2016]

“The window that has opened for all to view the inequity of law enforcement activity in the less advantaged Cleveland neighborhoods. It is a show that begs to be seen by police officers and citizens alike.”
Talkin’ Broadway, 22 August 2016

“If you miss Objectively/Reasonable, you will miss one hell of an evocative, engaging, and empowering evening in the theatre…This powerful production needs to be revived again and again.”
Land of Cleve, 3 September 2016

“These slice-of-life monologues come in varying shades of anger and disillusionment that do not shy away from ardent social commentary…they pulsate with purpose and artistic integrity.”
Cleveland Jewish News, 19 August 2016

Plain Dealer Feature Series

Finding Power in Their Words: A Response to Tamir Rice’s Killing, as Told by Those Who Felt it Most
The Plain Dealer, 21 August 2016
[Complete photo gallery at Cleveland.com]

Voices of the Invisible: Young Students Bring their Own Words to Tamir Rice Tragedy
The Plain Dealer, 26 June 2016
[Complete photo gallery at Cleveland.com]

Play About Tamir Rice Shooting Makes World Premiere Tonight [Preview]
The Plain Dealer, 18 August 2016

Additional Media

Community Catharsis: Exploring the Tamir Rice Shooting 2 Years Later
American Theatre, 19 August 2016

Seeking Dialogue and Change: Objectively/Reasonable Explores the Shooting of Tamir Rice
HowlRound, 4 November 2016

Miss You [Fall Arts Preview: Theater]
Cleveland Magazine, September 2016

“Kaleidoscope” with Leon Bibb: (Interview with Terrence Spivey and David Todd)
WEWS Channel 5, 31 July 2016

Objectively/Reasonable Gives Community a Voice
Cleveland Performing Arts Writer, 29 July 2016

Playwrights Local to Tackle Controversy Surrounding Tamir Rice Case
AXS Cleveland, 12 July 2016

Objectively/Reasonable (Interview with Terrence Spivey and Tom Hayes)
The Sound of Applause [WCPN], 17 August 2016


Ashley Aquilla

Kaila Benford

India Burton

Samone Cummings

Ananias Dixon

Kali Hatten


LaShawn Little 

Brenton Lyles

Nathan Tolliver

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


Credit: Tom Kondilas. Click for complete gallery.