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One More Less

By Kate Cortesi
Directed by Robert O’Hara

Walkerspace
46 Walker Street
November 6-December 3, 2016

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Photo by Zach Dezon
Photo by Zach Dezon

On a blistering summer day in a small kitchen in a small house in some small American city where kids sometimes meet up in the street for a water fight, all that stands between a 13-year-old boy and his hope of impressing the neighborhood kids with his Supersoaker skills is his ferocious mother. Helmed by Obie Award-winner Robert O’HaraKate Cortesi‘s ONE MORE LESS is a bare-knuckled exploration of the supposed post-racial relationship of America’s black community and its law enforcement.

Tamir Rice of Cleveland would be alive today had he been a white 12-year-old playing with a toy gun in just about any middle-class neighborhood in the country on the afternoon of Nov. 22, 2014.

 

But Tamir, who was shot to death by a white police officer that day, had the misfortune of being black in a poor area of Cleveland, where the police have historically behaved as an occupying force that shoots first and asks questions later. To grow up black and male in such a place is to live a highly circumscribed life, hemmed in by forces that deny your humanity and conspire to kill you.”

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