For Bo: A Play Inspired by the Murder of Botham Jean by Officer Amber Guyger was recently announced as a 2020 finalist for the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference. It rose to the top 5% of over 1,500 plays in consideration. The Eugene O’Neill has been the birthplace for many Broadway shows over the course of history and has spotlighted the work of famed Broadway playwrights such as Lin Manuel Miranda (Hamilton, Tony Award Winner), Regina Taylor (Crowns, Golden Globe Winner), August Wilson (The Piano LessonFences, Pulitzer Prize & Tony Award Winner) among many others. View the O’Neill endorsement letter of For Bo below.
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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.

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