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Program addresses violence through theater

On Friday, the University of Louisville's theater program and the Black Media Collaborative presented a reading of "Zooman and the Sign" at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage. (Source: Greg Schapker/WAVE 3 News) On Friday, the University of Louisville's theater program and the Black Media Collaborative presented a reading of "Zooman and the Sign" at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage. (Source: Greg Schapker/WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Several Louisville groups are trying to find answers to the city's rising violence through theater.

On Friday, the University of Louisville's theater program and the Black Media Collaborative presented a reading of "Zooman and the Sign" at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage.

The play is set in Philadelphia and follows a teenager who murders a 12-year-old in front of a crowd of witnesses who are afraid to talk. The grieving father then posts a sign accusing the entire community of cowardice in the face of escalating violence.

The performance was followed by a panel discussion.

"What we actually want to do is move towards discussions that can help us develop strategies that really can make change in our lives," said Nefertiti Burton, chairwoman of department of theater arts.

The play's director says they chose the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage because it's a place where communities can intersect and come together to find solution.

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