Once upon a time I went to a show and it was called Force Continuum. It was by Kia Corthron and it was directed by Michael Aaron Pogue. It was about a young man named Dece (Sam Campbell III when I saw it, usually Maurice Demus, and played as a young man by Richard Hatcher) who was joining the family tradition of being a cop. His mom (Diana Coates), dad (Terence Sims), and grandfather (Lionel Gentle) were all cops and they were all affected by the way they were treated because they were black police officers. It is also the story of Mrai (Lanora Terraé Hayden) and Dray (Tyshaun Lang) who are a brother and sister who both are harmed in unlawful arrests. It is about racism, family, how difficult it is to be a police officer, and how dangerous it is to be an African American person. It made me feel very angry that people are actually treated the way they are in the show. The show had humorous and sweet moments, which makes you grow to love the characters and feel even more for them. It was super moving and had really great actors. I'm really glad I saw it.
Mrai and Dray I think had a really tight bond. They helped each other through everything, even though they also had a playful hatred for each other. Mrai was a teacher and she had a daughter named Nina, but she also had jobs other than that. Dray also really loves Nina. I really wish we had gotten to see him tell her a story like we hear he does. In one scene you see Mrai working on books written by fourth graders. Mrai and Dray are joking around about the books these kids wrote and it is super sweet to watch. But you see that Mrai is tired and overworked as well. I think this scene makes you really love these characters, so when anything bad happens to them it is even more devastating. They are not perfect people; they are just normal. I think imperfect characters are more relatable, and I really related to these two people, and I was mad when something bad happened to them when they were just trying to live their lives.
The dinner scene with young Dece and his family was really moving because you already knew what was going to happen to his parents because it was a flashback. You have already heard the older Dece talking about his parents' deaths. In the dinner scene, they were talking about what it is like to be a cop and how their day was. They just seemed like a normal family, but you knew that tragedy would strike soon, so it was sad to watch. The mother was sassy to her husband about getting more food. She said something along the lines of, "The kitchen is the first door on your left." I thought that was funny. His response is basically to get up and go as quickly as he can, which shows you he respects his wife and she doesn't take any crap. You find out that Dece has always wanted to be a cop because his parents were both cops. But whenever he says he wants to be a cop, everyone at school is like, "Why would you want to do that?" But when he says he wants to be a football player, everyone at school is like "Yeah. You should totally be a football player." That shows you that people in his community think that being a black cop is not a good idea at all, but being a football player is a great idea, even though it seems like being a football player is a lot less probable. I think it would be great to have better racial equality on the police force. In the play, they give you statistics about how in certain areas the population is dominated by African Americans but the police force is mostly white.
People who would like this show are people who like meaningful stories, realistic family dynamics, and reasonable badass female cops. I think this a really important and great show. It is such devastating and moving story. I'm so glad I got to see it.
Photos: Scott Dray