By Justin Udo

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A poetic docudrama about Trayvon Martin began Thursday night at The Freedom Theatre in Philadelphia.

Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj directed and co-wrote the Ballad of Trayvon Martin – based on the teenager who was shot and killed by George Zimmerman in Florida.

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He says he hopes his play helps shed light on the struggle for racial equality in America:

“Until we have true acknowledgement of our shared, painful past, we cannot have reconciliation.”

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Christopher David Roche plays Zimmerman. He says this was a very difficult role for him to undertake:

“It’s taking a step back and having that courage to not judge and to lose your opinions that you have to serve the more important story that’s going on.”

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The play runs until May 22nd.