The relationship between citizens and those who police them is never a settled issue, whether it's an understanding of the daily pressures and dangers faced by cops or a clear-eyed assessment when law enforcement steps over the line. Adam P. and Adrienne Kennedy's drama, in a regional premiere at Penumbra, tells the stark story of a young college student beaten by police; when his case hits the court system, the officer claims the young man struck first. In the events that follow, his mother struggles to salvage her son's life, her own sanity, and a thorny vision of power, race, and history that stands to disturb by raising the sorts of questions that basically must be faced. Americans are writing their story every day, and it has to do with what sort of country this has been, and will become. Here's a play that holds up a mirror while we continue to sort things out.
Wednesdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sundays, 2 & 7:30 p.m. Starts: Sept. 16. Continues through Oct. 10, 2010