Project Unspeakable Scripts Now Available

February 13, 2014

The play, Project Unspeakable, based on the work of Jim Douglass, is available for community readings. Organize one where you are if possible. For more details see:

Script Now Available in Four Different Lengths, Plus a fully Annotated Version

There are now five script options available: the full-length, 130-minute version; a 90-minute version; a 45-minute version; a 20-minute introductory version; and the annotated version of the full-length version.

Readings To Date

Since November 22nd, the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination, there have been over 20 readings of the Project Unspeakable play, from coast to coast, including in Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, Chicago, Nashville, Boston, and New York City. More readings are being planned all the time. Click on this link for the full list

For maximum interest and impact, groups have been scheduling readings on or in conjunction with the birthdays and assassination dates of one of the four slain leaders.

For example, at the University of Massachusetts/Amherst on February 21st, the anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm X, there will be a public reading of the “Project Unspeakable” play sponsored by the Amherst Area NAACP and the Sankofa Foundation. The event is entitled “El Hajj Malik Shabazz: the Violent End of the Man Called Malcolm X.”

Outreach to Black Studies Departments

Project Unspeakable endorser and Black Studies Professor Amilcar Shabazz, who did a brilliant job in the role of Malcolm X for the Leverett, MA (Nov. 22), and Amherst, MA (Jan. 17) readings of Project Unspeakable, is also the National Secretary of the National Council for Black Studies. In that capacity, he has posted an “invitation” on the NCBS Facebook page (over 4,000 “friends”) for Black Studies departments on college and university campuses to “be a part of a national movement to present the play, Project Unspeakable.” He will also be presenting a workshop on Project Unspeakable at the upcoming NCBS national conference in March in Miami.

February 21st of next year, 2015, will be the 50th anniversary of Malcolm X’s assassination, when we hope there will be readings and productions of Project Unspeakable all over the country, by Black Studies departments and many other groups.

Responses from Readers & Their Audiences

Lopez Island, WA (living room reading): “Deep gratitude to all involved in putting this together. Hope it spreads far and wide. So relevant to today’s context. I’m in my 30s and didn’t have any memory of the assassinations. Though the script was about events that happened 40-50 years ago, it felt like time had collapsed. Very inspiring to learn of the courageous acts of great leaders of the past. I’m inspired to find that courage within myself to also help others find theirs to seek the truth.”

Cambridge, MA (Friends Meetinghouse): “There was nobody who didn’t learn at least something new — in some cases mind-blowing waves of ‘unspeakable’ information and perspective. It was also a community-building exercise for the 12 readers and our wider community.”

Nashville, TN (Idle Hour Nightclub): “Words were misspoken, names were mispronounced but the spirit of the show was intense and magnetic and effected every single person that was there.”

Leverett, MA (Elementary School Auditorium): “Over 300 people came. Their attention and concern was electric, and the cast was electrified by it…I come away from the experience of participating in this play with renewed determination and hope that we may revive the hopes and dreams of these leaders.”

Blacksburg, Virginia (Virginia Tech): “The conversation afterwards was the best part of the reading. The audience wanted to honestly discuss their thoughts, reservations, etc., and they were excited to have a forum to share.”

Please Help Us Spread the Word about Project Unspeakable!

In addition to our Internet presence via our website and on Facebook, we have sent out special 1st-class mailings to community theater groups, Catholic Worker communities, and political science and African-American Studies departments at colleges and universities around the country.

Because we want to let many more people and groups know about the opportunity Project Unspeakable offers for an exciting, challenging form of political education, consciousness-raising, and questioning regarding what went on during the 1960’s and what is going on now, we’re asking for your help in reaching out to more people, groups, and communities.

Please email your friends about Project Unspeakable and give them our web address. And please “like” Project Unspeakable and click Follow Us on our Facebook page. Thanks!

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