The Syracuse Chapter of Jack and Jill America Inc. will present the play “Cops and Robbers,” an exploration of police community relations, at Onondaga Community College’s Storer Auditorium, Friday, March 20 at 7 p.m., and Saturday, March 21 at 2 p.m., according to a press release.
Tickets are $25 for adults, and $15 for students.
“We are thrilled to that we can bring this play to Syracuse, and engage all sectors of our community in a constructive and informative dialogue,” said Wanda Thompson, president of the Syracuse Chapter of Jack and Jill America Inc. “Recent national events demonstrate that the play is timely, and represents a call to action for those who care about equality, and believe that the ideals of this great country must be demonstrated in action as well as words.”
According to the press release, Jinho “The Piper” Ferreira, a former rapper who is now a sheriff, will travel through 17 characters in the one-man show, each with their own convictions, logic, and prejudices.
Ferreira is one-third of the alternative hip-hop band Flipsyde, and has toured internationally with artists such as Snoop Dogg, The Black Eyed Peas, Akon, The Game, and Busta Rhymes, the press release stated.
In the spring of 2010, he paid his way through a Bay Area law enforcement academy, and eventually graduated in the top percentile, delivering the commencement speech.
In addition, Ferreira said the paradox of being a member of the black community, and a hip-hop artist, while simultaneously working in law enforcement, served as his inspiration to write the play.
According to officials, proceeds from the play will benefit the youth programs of Syracuse Chapter of Jack and Jill of America Inc.
Additionally, all community-based education, mentoring, academic support, college campus organizations, and faith-based organizations are encouraged to attend.
There will also be a special audience talk-back after the March 21 performance, where audience members can discuss the themes raised in the play.
Jack and Jill of America, Inc. is a non-profit family organization dedicated to improving the lives of all children through constructive educational, civic, health, recreational and social programs, according to the press release.