Valencia Theater Students to Work on Year-Long Trayvon Martin Project

During the 2014-15 school year, Valencia College theater students will participate in a year-long exploration of the Trayvon Martin case and its implications on society.

John DiDonna, chairman of Valencia’s theater department, will team with local theatrical producer Beth Marshall to create several short plays that revolve around the killing of the 17-year-old.

Trayvon Martin was shot dead by George Zimmerman, of white and Hispanic heritage, in Sanford in February 2012. The case drew national attention because of its racial overtones. Zimmerman was acquitted of second-degree murder in July 2013.

Valencia’s part of the project kicks off in February 2015. Valencia College students will devise a play as part of a project developed by program chairman John DiDonna. Along with the repercussions of Martin’s death, the play will also incorporate the case of Jordan Davis, a 17-year-old killed in the parking lot of a Jacksonville gas station.

Click here to read the Orlando Sentinel’s article about the Trayvon Martin theatrical project.