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Dallas Children’s Theater’s Social Justice Play Series focuses on the Black experience in America

The first play, ‘The Water Gun Song,’ is inspired by the death of Tamir Rice.

On Sept. 25, Dallas Children’s Theater will debut the Social Justice Play Series, three works written by Idris Goodwin about race and the Black experience in America. While DCT remains closed due to coronavirus precautions, the plays will be streamed online for 10 days each. Each production will also include two family-friendly online talk-backs led by actress Denise Lee. She is the host of Change the Perception, a community conversation series where people discuss issues raised by specific plays.

The Social Justice Play Series begins with The Water Gun Song, a story inspired by the death of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old boy shot in Cleveland in late 2014 when a patrolman says he mistook a toy Tamir was holding for a handgun. In The Water Gun Song, mother-son duo Guinea Bennett-Price and Esau Price will play members of a family discussing why a water gun isn’t simply a toy. Jamal Gibran Sterling directs the play, which is recommended for ages 6 and older.

Nothing Rhymes With Juneteenth, which is for ages 9 and older, will be available Oct. 16-25, and #Matter, for ages 14 and older, will stream Nov. 6-15.

The Water Gun Song will stream Sept. 25-Oct. 4 at Talk-backs with Denise Lee will be Sept. 26 at 2 p.m. and Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. Free.

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