This is a virtual event
WHAT: Through a fictional narrative, the new original play For Bo explores the issues that led to Botham Jean’s death in 2018 at the hands of Dallas police officer Amber Guyger. For Bo, which debuted as a staged reading on the TCU campus in February 2020, is written by Theatre TCU faculty member Ayvaunn Penn. She was inspired to write For Bo while closely following media coverage of the aftermath of Jean’s death, including watching the murder trial of Amber Guyger unfold in real time.
Performances of For Bo will be presented virtually via online streaming across two weekends. The play is co-directed by Penn and senior theatre and writing double major Ashley Parks. Theatre TCU students provided designs and vocal talent that bring to life illustrations created by members of the TCU and other communities. Community illustrators include artists from Dallas-Fort Worth and beyond ranging from middle school to professional. Additional illustrations were created by students at Botham Jean’s alma mater Harding University in Arkansas, Fort Worth’s Young Women’s Leadership Academy, Austin College in Sherman, Texas, Pratt Institute in New York and more.
Following the April 29 performance, Penn will be joined by intercultural and interdisciplinary professionals as well as special guests Allison Jean and Allisa Findley, Jean’s mother and sister, in a virtual community panel* to facilitate conversations of cross-cultural understanding.
The #ForBoInitiative, founded by Penn, strives to promote the use of the arts as a catalyst for positive social change. The initiative provides arts organizations and institutions with guidance and tools to host their own productions or readings of For Bo paired with community discussions to eradicate racial bias, racial injustice and police brutality.
Notably, Penn’s For Bo was named a finalist in the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s 2020 National Playwrights Conference—the country’s premiere program for new play development—which has served as a launchpad for renowned dramatists such as Tony Award Winner Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton), Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize Winner August Wilson (Fences, The Piano Lesson) and Golden Globe Winner Regina Taylor (Crowns), among many others. Additionally, last year’s staged reading and community discussion of For Bo was highlighted in TCU’s 2020 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award presented by INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.
WHEN & WHERE: Eight performances of For Bo will be presented virtually via Theatre TCU’s Vimeo channel.
· Thursday, April 22 at 7:30 p.m.
· Friday, April 23 at 7:30 p.m.
· Saturday, April 24 at 7:30 p.m.
· Sunday, April 25 at 2:30 p.m.
· Thursday, April 29 at 7:30 p.m.
o *The virtual community panel held via Zoom will immediately follow the April 29 performance. Attendance to the virtual community panel is limited, and advance registration is required. A streaming link will be sent to registrants when it is available.
· Friday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m.
· Saturday, May 1 at 7:30 p.m.
· Sunday, May 2 at 2:30 p.m.
TICKETS: Admission to the virtual performances and community panel is free; a donation to The Botham Jean Foundation is suggested. Advanced registration is required beginning Friday, April 16 via the For Bo event page. A streaming link will be sent to registrants when it is available.