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For Bo streaming for a limited time only!

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April 2021 brings an exciting new COVID-safe way to participate in The #ForBoInitiative. Using performing arts as an engaging and transformative tool to tackle tough conversations on racial bias and police brutality has never been easier. Traditionally, #ForBoInitiative participants organize and host a staged reading of For Bo paired with a community discussion. Now, organizations and families can simply watch the virtual production of For Bo and participate in the community discussion presented by Theatre TCU, The #ForBoInitiative, and The Botham Jean Foundation or watch the show and host a community discussion of their own. See details below and click here to reserve your virtual seats for free.

FOR BO Streaming

  • April 22 – 24, 2021 at 7:30PM CT
  • April 25, 2021 at 2:30PM CT
  • April 29 – May 1, 2021 at 7:30PM CT
  • May 2, 2021 at 2:30PM CT

FOR BO Virtual Community Discussion With Botham Jean’s Family & More

  • April 29, 2021 immediately following the 7:30PM CT performance
  • Approximate start time of 8:45PM CT
  • Virtual “seats” are limited

Admission Fee: FREE

There is no charge for watching the virtual show or attending the virtual community discussion, but registration is required for both. Click here to register for free. Patrons are encouraged to donate to The Botham Jean Foundation.

About FOR BO

Written by Ayvaunn Penn (Columbia University Dean’s Fellow, Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference 2020 Finalist, HEED Award), this fictional narrative is inspired by the real-life murder of Botham Jean by now ex-police officer Amber Guyger. For Bo unpacks the unfortunate tragedy that befalls the Jones family when brother and son Bo Jones is murdered in his own home by police officer Amy Guy. Through contemporary free verse poetry, rhythm, and percussion this play explores the issues leading to Bo Jones’ death and how society, particularly the black community, grapples with the resulting trauma through social media. Most of all For Bo reminds us of the monumental, life-changing weight of our decisions – that each thought and subsequent action has the power to change tomorrow for worse or for better.

This April 2021 virtual production and community discussion presented by Theatre TCU, The #ForBoInitiative, and The Botham Jean Foundation is created in collaboration with the community to honor the life and memory of Botham Jean and facilitate community healing from racial bias and police brutality. The show is uniquely comprised of illustrations created by student and professional volunteer artists ranging from middle school and up from Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas and beyond. Bringing these illustrations to life are the designs and vocals of Texas Christian University theatre students. This is truly a theatre-for-social-change event that you will not want to miss.

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Header image created by For Bo student illustrator Brian Dickson.