Uniform Justice is a one-act play featuring original music and lyrics. It opens in present day south Memphis and dramatizes the cares and threats of community residents and police officers in a neighborhood on the violent edge of the city’s crisis in the rule of law. Action focuses on several fateful summer weeks in the lives and families of three childhood friends – one of whom has just returned from four years in college, one of whom has become a Memphis police officer, and one of whom is working his plan for a career in the music scene.
PROCESS AND INTENT
Uniform Justice was commissioned by the Mayor’s Innovation Team in Memphis as a community-focused complement to the Insight policing program carried out by the Memphis Police Department in partnership with the School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University. The focus of the piece is to illuminate the context, issues, themes, images, and the range of hopes and threats that mark the lives and relationships of community members and police officers in south Memphis.
The TÉA artists worked to deepen insight and build appreciation for the personal and social complexities of the crises in the rule of law and police authority by dramatizing the thoughts, feelings, decisions, and actions, of community members and police officers in south Memphis.
The playwright, along with the Memphis TÉA Company, conducted over two-dozen, hour-long, one-on-one, Insight conversations with community members, and members of the Memphis Police Department. From these conversations and using the Insight Artistry method the playwright, Chuk Obasi, wrote Uniform Justice.
Uniform Justice was originally performed in collaboration with the Hattie Lou Theatre Company in Memphis (2014) and subsequently at the New West Theatre in Cleveland, the New York Fringe Theatre Festival (2015), and venues in New York and New Jersey.
Artistic Director: Vieve Radha Price
Playwright: Chuk Obasi
Co-Directors: Chuk Obasi, Fred Johnson
Music and Lyrics: Fred Johnson, Chuk Obasi
Company: Marcus Anthony, James Cook, Derrick Johnson, Mary Pruitt, Jeanika Taylor, Devlyn Brown, Brooke Sarden, Alicia Easter, Donvan Christie, Karen Eilbacher, Aundra Goodman, Christopher Brown, Christine Smith, Linda Obasi, Meredith Watson, Author Gregory Pugh, Adrianna Rossetto, Rachel Switlick
Project mentors: Jamie price, Tyrone Williams, Ekundayo Bendele