Unspeakable” Explores the Assassinations of
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On Friday, February 28, at 6:00 p.m. First Church of the Brethren of Chicago and the Renew Now players presented a dramatic reading of “Project Unspeakable,” a new play about the 1960s assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, and Robert F. Kennedy.
Inspired by James Douglass’s groundbreaking and meticulously researched book, JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters, the script by playwright Court Dorsey breaks the silence that continues to surround the four “unspeakable” assassinations. (Douglass borrowed the term “unspeakable” from renowned Trappist monk Thomas Merton.) Witnesses shed important light on “unspeakables” of today—crimes of corruption between government and corporate allies that inflame many of the crises currently besetting our country and the earth.
The words and stories of courageous people who refused to be silenced by intimidation are timely encouragement to witnesses of ongoing crimes of unspeakable scope and devastation. Twelve readers from Chicago communities, representing a breadth of experience in neighborhood and international work for justice and peace, breathed life into their witness.
The free event ran from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28 at First Church of the Brethren, 425 S Central Park Blvd., Chicago.
First Church of the Brethren is an intercultural congregation located in Chicago’s East Garfield Park neighborhood. Dr. King maintained an office at the church and preached there in January 1966, less than three weeks after announcing plans for the Chicago Freedom Movement.
For further information, contact Duane Ediger, 312-523-9955.
“One of the awful facts of our age is the evidence that [the world] is stricken indeed, stricken to the very core of its being by the presence of the Unspeakable…[that] too few are willing to see.”
-Thomas Merton, 1965