Brooklyn Police And The People They Serve Improvise ‘Understanding’ On Stage

Starting in October, seven police officers and seven civilians got together once a week to get to know one another and do improvisational exercises. At the end of the 10-week journey they starred in To Protect, Serve, and Understand, a free show at the Brooklyn Music School. Above, Officer Desmond John, left, and Kathie Horejsi. (Amanda Hinkle)

(Jeff Lunden/NPR.org)–  Brooklyn Police And The People They Serve Improvise ‘Understanding’ On Stage.

A theater company in Brooklyn, N.Y., recently decided to do a social experiment: Put seven cops and seven civilians in a rehearsal room once a week to really get to know one another. Then, after 10 weeks, ask them to put on a show.

“We’re all human beings,” says Wendell Dias of the Brooklyn’s 73rd precinct.

“We all have feelings, we all have emotions. We all have something we want to share, we want to communicate to someone else.”

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