50SHOTIN10DAYS Campaign Launches Alongside New Off-Broadway Play BROOKLYN QUARTET
Rock WILK, playwright and performer, is combing the city for fifty survivors of gun violence who are willing to share their stories with the general public. This search is the root for the campaign, '50ShotIn10Days', coinciding with the performances of his new play, Brooklyn Quartet, which deals with many subjects, including race, privilege, relationships, and the Sean Bell shooting by the NYPD on November 25, 2006.
The '50ShotIn10Days' campaign symbolically represents the fifty shots that were fired at Sean Bell, killing him and wounding two of his friends. Each '50ShotIn10Days' participants' story will be documented and summarized. "'50ShotIn10Days' will tell not only the details of each shooting, but will also give us a window into who these fifty people are; to their families, to their friends, and most importantly, who they are to themselves, all in their own words." says Rock WILK, "My hope is that raising awareness in this way will lead to a more understanding and a more compassionate world, so that no human being is ever reduced to being a 'victim', or an 'incident', or simply a 'statistic'." The fifty survivors and their families will also be invited to the play.
"I was inspired to write Brooklyn Quartet after the Sean Bell incident in 2006, because when it happened, it just occurred to me that something like that could pretty much never happen to me, because let's face it, I don't think anyone has ever heard a story about a white person being shot at fifty times by the police, let alone by anyone. Unfortunately, I would even go as far as saying that it is a fact, that the world is a much safer place for someone who looks like me than it is for any of my friends of color, especially my friends who happen to be black males, and as sad as that fact is, I think the statistics, and some of these now infamous names like Sean Bell, Oscar Grant, Amadou Diallo, and most recently Michael Brown, and many, many more who never even get to the news, pretty much support what I'm saying." explains Rock WILK.
Brooklyn Quartet, written and performed by Rock WILK, will play at the Medicine Show Theatre, 549 West 52ndStreet, Third Floor, New York, New York 10019. The play, directed by Stephen Bishop Seely, will open on March 18th and run for ten performances through March 29th. Tickets and more information are available online at www.brooklynquartet.com.
For tickets or more information on '50ShotIn10Days' or Brooklyn Quartet please go online to www.brooklynquartet.com.