Left Wing actors leave ‘Ferguson’ because it presents facts.

Left Wing actors leave  ‘Ferguson’ because it presents facts.

In August 2014, the country was gripped by racial tensions after an unarmed man in Ferguson, Missouri was gunned down by an Officer.  That man, Michael Brown, had just minutes before violently shoplifted a local store and ran into Officer Darren Wilson as he was leaving another call.  Their encounter turned deadly and various accounts of Wilson shooting an unarmed and surrendering Brown were flooded across the news waves.  A grand jury found there was not enough evidence of a crime committed and chose not to indict Officer Wilson in Brown’s killing.

A new play in Los Angeles hopes to capture the real life drama that occurred during the grand jury testimony in what is being called “Verbatim Theatre.”  ‘Ferguson’ provides actual grand jury evidence and testimony to the audience by actors portraying those who gave that testimony, as if the members of the audience were sitting on that grand jury.  Throughout the play, witnesses, experts and law enforcement officials testify including an actor portraying Darren Wilson.

Ferguson Play

The play concludes as if the audience is being dismissed to recess to deliberate on the decision.  The play, which has been produced through an IndieGoGo Campaign, is going through a short run in the Los Angeles area.  Some of the original cast dropped out of the production after they felt that the play did not show that Brown’s shooting was done so for racial reasons.

From Frontpage:

“One actor, Philip Casnoff, showed up for the first rehearsal of Fergusonwithout having even read the full script. He assumed that the testimony would consist of a variety of viewpoints that would, at the very least, reflect a “fog of war,” if not actually condemn Officer Wilson. But then he realized that the testimony didn’t bolster the “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” narrative that the left used to gin up angry protests nationwide; instead, it supports Wilson’s side of the story.

The play ends with the prosecutor asking a witness, “Do you feel like this could have ended up any other way?” The witness replies, “Yeah, it could have, if Michael Brown had just stopped running,” meaning running towardWilson. “It could have ended another way. The officer had no other choice.”

The Times reported that after those lines were read in rehearsal, “an awkward quiet fell over the cast members.” Several members, the Timesclaimed, requested changes to the script that would add more balance to the final witness’ perspective, that would be more sympathetic to Brown. McAleer rejected those requests.

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“It felt like the purpose of the piece was to show, ‘Of course he was not indicted — here’s why,’” actor Casnoff said. And when he learned that the playwright was an unapologetic conservative, Casnoff, who describes himself as “very liberal, left-wing-leaning,” thought, “Whoa, this is not the place for me to be.” He and four others of the 13-member cast quit the play.”

Sometimes the truth is just too difficult for some people to take.  Considering  the fact that the testimony presented to us was verbatim to that provided to the grand jury, I don’t understand how people could be so opposed to it.  I guess they would rather continue to perpetuate the false narrative of “hands up, don’t shoot” than listen to experts describe how it is scientifically impossible for Brown to have had his hands up when he was shot.

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