Host a reading and discussion of For Bo: A Play Inspired by the Murder of Botham Jean by Police Officer Amber Guyger

  • Click here for script acquisition inquiries

    • Play Synopsis: This fictional narrative unpacks the unfortunate tragedy that befalls the Jones family when brother and son Bo Jones is murdered in his own home by police officer Amy Guy. Through contemporary free verse poetry, rhythm, and percussion this play explores the issues leading to Bo Jones’ death and how society, particularly the black community, grapples with the resulting trauma through social media. Most of all For Bo reminds us of the monumental, life-changing weight of our decisions – that each thought and subsequent action has the power to change tomorrow for worse or for better.
  • Approximate event length is two hours

    • One hour for the reading of the play
    • One hour for discussion
  • Never hosted a reading of a play before?

    • No worries! This is about everyday people of all races coming together to read a piece of art for an educational experience. Therefore, it can be as casual or as theatrical as you like.
  • For discussions, organizations and institutions are encouraged to:

    • Feature an interracial, cross-cultural, and interdisciplinary panel of professionals and community leaders who can provide insight and informed perspectives on: healing racial divides; the pervasiveness of racial bias and how to overcome it; relationships between all but especially African-American civilians and police officers; and issues within the American criminal justice system.
      • Panelist examples: Members of law enforcement, a member from your local NAACP chapter, clergy, counselors, psychologists, members of your organization’s diversity, equity, and inclusion office
    • Take active measures to ensure discussions: allow attendees to share emotions and thoughts in a constructive way; encourage all points of view to be heard; move conversations in the direction of viable solutions for positive social change
  • IMPORTANT NOTES:

    • Formal Staged Readings: If your organization or institution chooses to host a formal staged reading with actors and a public audience, the playwright requires that all roles be cast accurately according to race. This scenario is most applicable to high schools and universities that have a theatre department.
    • Casual Private Readings: If you are hosting a private reading that is not staged with actors for a public audience — a classroom reading and discussion, for example — still do your best to accurately assign readers to roles according to race. However, do not allow any difficulties with the latter to prevent you from participating in this transformational, educational experience.
    • #ForBo Initiative participants are prohibited from charging an admission fee.
    • Staging a full production of For Bo — a performance with memorized lines, lights, costumes, set, etc. — requires a production contract with the playwright. Theater companies interested in this option should click here to contact Prof. Ayvaunn Penn.

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Photo courtesy of University of South Carolina Aiken. USCA stage set for the reading and discussing For Bo.