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NBC Chicago and the Collaboraction theater company bring Emmett Till’s murder trial to life in a staged theatrical adaptation The Lost Story of Emmett Till: Trial in the Delta.
Based on the official transcripts of the 1955 trial, NBC Chicago produced an expansion of the original Collaboraction play, Delta Trial: The Murder of Emmett Till, co-authored by Willie Round and G. Riley Mills. The reenactment gives viewers a front row seat to the monumental injustices that occurred over five days in a Mississippi courtroom. Roku, Apple TV and Amazon Fire subscribers can watch the reenactment starting May 15 on NBC Chicago’s apps. Directed by award-winning journalist Marion Brooks, the program is the second installment in NBC Chicago’s docuseries about Emmett Till.
The brutal murder of Emmett Till, a black Chicago teenager, and the acquittal of the two white men who killed him, was a catalyst for the civil rights movement. But almost as quickly as Emmett’s name became known to the world, it began to fade. How did it happen? How could people forget the torture of a 14-year-old boy? Investigative reporter Marion Brooks details the events surrounding the case to uncover the context behind Emmett Till’s lost story.
“When I discovered this transcript, I was blown away. The words really take you back to what America was like in 1955. It was important to me to bring this lost history to life so that our viewers can truly see, hear and To feel what happened during the Emmett Till murder trial,” said Marion Brooks.
“We are thrilled to have had the opportunity to partner with NBC5 and Marion Brooks to bring our immersive live theater experience, Trial in the Delta, to an audience of viewers,” said Collaboraction executive director Saudia Davis.
“There are many plays about Emmett Till, but they were fictions created from horrific facts that only guessed at the real language. Trial in the Delta is the first public theatrical exploration of the actual courtroom transcript. So when people find out how it all really happened in that Mississippi courtroom, the impact is even more unsettling,” said Collaboraction’s artistic director and co-director of Trial in the DeltaAnthony Mosley.
The Lost Story of Emmett Till: Trial in the Delta features actors portraying Mamie Till, other family members, and prosecution and prosecution witnesses. The docu-style drama will also be available May 15 on NBCChicago.com.