Edwin Brown III, and Maya Loren Jackson are graduate acting students in UMKC’s Department of Theatre and are making their Coterie stage debuts in this co-production of And Justice for Some: The Freedom Trial of Anthony Burns . Brown III plays Anthony Burns, an escaped slave who makes a new life for himself only to be captured and returned to his owner. Brown III maintains an emotional peace in this role that is excruciating to watch. Jackson plays several roles but, most importantly, the pivotal role of Judge Loring, who rules on Anthony Burns’ legal fate. You won’t question her as the white male judge because she portrays him with complete control. The seven actors in this play portray a range of 40 characters, switching in and out of gender and race, which makes for a remarkable feat of acting. At the end, the audience is asked to vote on the fate of Judge Loring, who followed the The Fugitive Slave Laws, but did not act on the morals of the time.
UMKC is a supporter of ArtsKC. The Coterie Theater is an ArtsKC Ovation Grant Recipient.
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