Maud, a modern-day lynching, is a Verbatim play about the February 23, 2020 murder of 25 year-old Ahmaud “Maud” Arbery, a former high school football standout, by three white men in Satilla Shores, Georgia. A video recording of the slaying of Maud by one of the assailants opened the door for a trial that gripped the world in the middle of a global pandemic.
The trial of his accused killers also brought up issues of policing — although in this case, it involved questions about private citizens and their rights to detain people who they believe to be breaking the law. Those rights in Georgia were spelled out in a controversial Civil War-era statute that was significantly weakened by state lawmakers in direct response to the outrage over the Arbery killing. Lawmakers passed Georgia’s first-ever hate crimes law as a result of the incident.
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Maud’s director Andrew French said, “We hope that this piece will help each of us re-examine our own personal relationship with race. That it will increase feelings of both anger and empathy. We invite you to journey with us as we retrace the steps a young man makes. Steps you would. Or could. We feel theatre is the best tool to examine both our society and ourselves. A brutal death doesn't have to be meaningless. It only remains so if we look away.”
Cast & Creative Team Director: Andrew French
Conceived by: Jeffrey Miller
Sound design: Ben Paveley & Cathy Dixon
Lighting and video design: Roberto Esquenazi Alkabes
Set design: Libby Monroe
Composer: George Rigby
Stage Manager: Phoebe Francis
Jeffrey Miller and Perry Williams