New play about Troy Davis presents both sides, both ways


“Beyond Reasonable Doubt: The Troy Davis Project”

April 8-May 1. $20-$48.

Synchronicity Theatre, One Peachtree Pointe, 1545 Peachtree St. N.E. #102, Atlanta. 404-484-8636,

For more than two decades, the Troy Davis case sparked worldwide attention and controversy — which continued even after Davis's execution in 2011 for the 1989 fatal shooting of Savannah police officer Mark MacPhail.

Now the case and the issues that swirled around it are coming to an Atlanta stage in a unique way as Synchronicity Theatre presents the world premiere of “Beyond Reasonable Doubt: The Troy Davis Project.”

Synchronicity had previously announced the April 8th-May 1 run of Lee Nowell's play as part of its 2016 season. On Thursday, the innovative theater located near Pershing Point in Midtown released more details about the play, including that the order of its two acts will flip-flop on alternating nights.

“The play is not a biography,” Synchronicity said about the drama it described as being a “balanced investigation of diverse beliefs” about race, justice and the death penalty. Commissioned and developed by Synchronicity, “Beyond Reasonable Doubt” is based on trial transcripts, legal documents, published articles, interviews and other source materials, and employs both fictional and non-fictional characters. “Directly conflicting opinions are presented equally, leaving audiences to question which version of the truth they actually believe.”

Fittingly then, it seems, the order in which those versions appear will alternate by performance: One night the play will start with Act One — which brings forth evidence pointing to Davis’s guilt — and the next night with Act Two, which brings forth evidence pointing to his innocence. Onstage projections of trial transcripts, legal briefs and other materials will further immerse audience members in the case.

A discussion will follow each performance of the play. Tickets range from $20 to $48 and are available now online at Box office: 404-484-8636.