MANATEE -- The Fogartyville Community Players will present a dramatic reading at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at the Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 322 15th St. W., Bradenton, of "Project Unspeakable," a new play about the 1960s assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., and Robert F. Kennedy.
"Project Unspeakable" was inspired by James Douglass' meticulously researched book, "JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters." It was written by playwright Court Dorsey and associate playwrights Debbie Lynangale and Steve Wangh based on extensive research about the four assassinated leaders.
Through live theater the playwrights challenge the silence that for decades has surrounded these four "unspeakable" assassinations ("unspeakable" being a term Douglass borrows from renowned Trappist monk Thomas Merton).
In so doing, they also shed light on the "unspeakables" of today -- the officially covered-up crimes on the part of elements within the U.S. government and their corporate allies that have led to or worsened the multiple crises now besetting our country and the world.
The play includes the stories of courageous individuals who, despite government intimidation, refused to be silent about what they knew about these assassinations.
The reading calls on all of us to examine our own responses over the years to such crimes, then and now, and to consider the potential for responsible action.
The reading is open to the public. Donations accepted.
This performance of Project Unspeakable is sponsored by Occupy Bradenton, the Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and the Peace Education and Action Center.