For the past year I’ve been interviewing police officers. And with each conversation, what I imagined as a show about race and Black Lives Matter turned into one about mental health—how part of the police officer’s job is to check their emotions at the door in high stress situations and let it all out later. But the daily grind of working a job where you're constantly in a state of fear and readiness leads to this “LATER” never arriving. Which then leads to short tempers, drinking, divorce, spousal abuse, prescription pills, PTSD and suicide.
But the macho culture suppresses the idea of seeking help for these issues.
It became clear to me that the purpose of the show would be to present the nature of policing from a cop’s point of view, reinforce the idea that regularly checking in on your mental health should be part of the job, and promote the need for more resources.
And we're only going to perform it exclusively for police officers at private catered events.
We will perform this show for them, for free, in 7 or 8 venues in the United States. We also bought the website copshow.org where the they can RSVP and find out more about the show.
Right now the cities we're looking at are
- Richmond, VA
- Washington, DC
- St Louis
We are asking for funds to help pay for:
- Travel and Lodging
- Space rentals
- Promotional materials
Thank you to everyone for your support!
Theatre. Death. Sean.
Risks and challenges
Well the script has been written. Mike is geared up. A website has been built so the cops in each city can RSVP which gives us a good idea of how many people are showing up. At least two venues in two cities have been booked. While the rest are kind of pending while we try and raise some more funds. All that's left is for the cops to show up.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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