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George Floyd: The Father of the Reimagined America

On demand through July 15, 2021 (extended)


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Center Theatre Group remembers George Floyd with an exploration of his legacy and impact on America through a unique performance and discussion of his murder’s influence on the American Theatre and the larger society.

About George Floyd: The Father of the Reimagined America

Three female dancers, four voiceover actors, and a moving soundscape propel George Floyd: The Father of the Reimagined America, a blending of poetry and movement that celebrates George Floyd. His death, along with that of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and others, were the catalyst for what many are calling a modern-day civil rights movement.

Based on a poem written by John Lee Gaston White, adapted for the screen by John Lee Gaston White and Lakisha May, and directed and produced by Lakisha May, George Floyd: The Father of the Reimagined America includes music by Jimmy King, choreography by Nia Lancelin-Brantly and animation by Josh Sessoms. The cast features dancers Desiree Elder (portraying the role of Mama), Zoë McNally (Ruby Gianna) and Taliyah Smith (Meg Olu) as well as actors Will Cobbs (voicing George Floyd’s Spirit), Tyla Uzo (Meg Olu), Pauletta Washington (Mama) and Hayden Windham (Ruby Gianna).

Note from Director Lakisha May

Panel Discussion

Moderated by arts leader Keryl McCord (founder/CEO of Equity Quotient), Journey Towards a New American Theatre: George Floyd’s Lasting Impact asks the question, had George Floyd not been murdered, would arts organizations across the country have taken such immediate and serious steps toward becoming anti-racist? How did the death of an otherwise ordinary man help change the world, and in turn, the future of American theatre. In this free discussion, panelists including playwright/actress and Theatre Communications Group Board Chair Nikkole Salter (“In the Continuum” at the Kirk Douglas Theatre) and writer John Lee Gaston White (“George Floyd: The Father of the Reimagined America”) will explore how art and art makers are beginning to reflect a world that is forever changed by the power of George Floyd’s legacy.



Available on demand Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at 10am PT
Expires on Thursday, July 15, 2021, 11:59pm PT (extended)

George Floyd: The Father of the Reimagined America

TOTAL RUN TIME: TBA (pausable)

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