What a magnificent performance of “12 Angry Men” by beloved Black actors who enacted all-to-familiar police misconduct/brutality scenarios Saturday Sept. 5. The play was streamlined live on social media, but it also gave the local community the gift of the opportunity to see incredible theater––literally on their doorstep. Bravo!

The crowd stood in the brisk evening air on Harriet Ross Tubman Avenue/Fulton Street and applauded The Billie’s (Holiday Theatre’s) presentation of “12 Angry Men… And Women: The Weight of the Wait.”

The show is a reimagining of the work originally performed at The Billie in 2015 and includes an original story about Breonna Taylor. Each actor took on multiple roles with glorious portrayals of victims and police victimizers. The show was performed on the Black Lives Matter Mural in Bed Stuy Brooklyn. The stellar cast included: Wendell Pierce, Marsha Stephanie Blake, Lisa Arrindell and Billy Eugene Jones. The audience were left wanting more from the innovative performance which had each actor in a specially built individually enclosed stage for social distancing. Folks asked each other/hoped for a second half of what publicist Nina Flowers called, “live theater in the midst of two converging pandemics––the global pandemic, of course, and the continued fight against racial injustice.”

Providing the dramatic soundtrack was incredible interpretive music by Daniel Bernard Roumain, and an opening musical overture performed live by a quartet of New York Philharmonic musicians.