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'Ferguson' Playwright Deals With Irate Actors, Critics

By    |   Tuesday, 28 Apr 2015 05:48 PM

Phelim McAleer, author of "Ferguson: The Play," has faced critics saying his play is biased and actors who quit when they read the script as he has brought the production to a Los Angeles theater this week.

McAleer, best known for his conservative documentary films made with his wife Ann McElhinney, wrote the play as verbatim theatre. Characters speak from the transcripts of the grand jury testimony in the case of Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson, who was not charged in the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown Jr. in August.

The play premiered Sunday and runs through Wednesday. After Monday's performance, McAleer was confronted by an audience member accusing him of "cherry picking" from the 5,000 pages of testimony, but then admitted he hadn't read the testimony, a video posted by McAleer shows.

The audience member tells McAleer, who is originally from Ireland, that he shouldn’t be so presumptuous as to try to solve the racial problems in America. The man says he is from the Ferguson area and was in Ireland in 1980 "when Irishmen were dying for something important," but would not, as an outsider, try to tell them how to solve their problems.

"There have been a lot of people saying a lot of damaging things based on zero evidence. That's why I put on 'Ferguson' – so the truth would shine through," McAleer said in an email to supporters.

Even before the play's opening night, some of its 13 actors quit after reading the whole script, which ends with testimony showing that Brown did not have his hands up and charged at Wilson before being shot.

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Phelim McAleer, author of "Ferguson: The Play," has faced critics saying his play is biased and actors who quit when they read the script as he has brought the production to a Los Angeles theater this week.
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