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Berea College to host play honoring Breonna Taylor

Posted at 6:26 PM, Feb 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-05 17:49:50-05

BEREA, Ky. (LEX 18) — Berea College is hosting auditions for a play that will honor Breonna Taylor. An associate professor of the theatre at the college says she came up with the idea after Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced the officers would not be charged in Breonna Taylor's death.

While the play still must be written, the mastermind behind the idea, Adanma Onyedike Barton, says she hopes to use personal experiences of the cast to creatively tell and depict the events that happened after Breonna Taylor's death.

"The tragedy of what happened to Breonna Taylor effected my students in so many different ways. Some of them went straight to the protests, straight to marching. Others wanted to create or use some type of creative outlet," Barton said.

The associate professor says before writing, she will have the cast study symposiums like one given by Representative Attica Scott.

Adanma Onyedike Barton says the play will not be a biography of Breonna Taylor.

"The 'Say her Name', we know Eric Garner's name, we know George Floyd's name, but there's so many other women. In Kentucky, It's Breonna," Barton said.

She believes that theatre can be a cathartic process and hopes viewers acknowledge and remember what happened to Breonna Taylor.

"We have to continue to educate, so that hopefully this will never happen again," Barton said.

The play will be shared virtually on March 18.