9-1-1 What’s Your Emergency? The Verdict

by Jovelyn Richards

Are 9-1-1 calls against black and brown people hate crimes? The verdict of “Guilty” or “Not Guilty” rests in the hands of the jurors. On the eve of the court’s decision the doors open into the bedrooms of the prosecutors, defendants, key witnesses, BBQ Becky and Permit Patty. What happens behind closed doors in matters of race can no longer be hidden when everybody’s dirty laundry is exposed. Poetic justice will be served in this court drama based on real life 9-1-1 calls.

  • Cast Size: Flexible Casting
  • Running Time: 90+ minutes
  • Royalty Rate: $75 per performance

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About the Playwright

Jovelyn Richards is a writer, director of community theater and film, as well an international solo performance artist. The inspiration of her work is her fascination of individuals and communities challenged by political, religious, social atrocities and persecution; astounding ability to harvest love and intimacy.  The spirit/muse that guides her is utterly stunned by the sheer beauty of people (s) who is harvested love and intimacy throughout our complicated human history. 

Community theater has included 9-1-1 What’s Your Emergency? The Verdict.  Exploring the explosion of weaponizing 9-1-1 in communities of color. Ozell’s, stories of the migration of black southerners across America. Mz. Pat’s House, the role of Brothel’s as safe havens for the disenfranchised. 

Her solo performances have premiered (selected venues) The Marsh, SF, Afro Solo, SF, La Peña Cultural Center, Berkeley CA, Los Angeles Women’s Theater Festival, the National Black Theatre Festival, North Carolina, Central Eastern University, Budapest, HU.  

 Published work has included published essays, excerpts from fiction, and poetry anthologies. My first    novel Tulips for Evening was published in 2015.  I currently reside in Honolulu, HI.    Where I am working in collaboration with Olelo Community Media filming theater videos for our local community: The Space Between Us.  In addition, for the 15 years she has hosted and produced radio for Pacifica Radio, KPFA 94.1  She holds a MA, and MFA in Humanities

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