Sometimes the most powerful theater is reality, distilled.
— Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director, The Public Theater.

Theatre Verite Collective presents the World Premiere of Ferguson by Phelim McAleer. Directed by Jerry Dixon.

A lot of people lied about what they saw that day. They lied to support both sides. They lied to the media, they lied online, and they lied to investigators. Many admitted this to the Grand Jury, but the media never corrected the record. Most people don't know what the Grand Jury heard and most people don't know that a lot of what alleged witnesses told the media was later withdrawn or proven impossible by evidence uncovered in the Grand Jury room.

Ferguson shows there were lies on all sides of the story. It will show how prosecutors AND the jury asked tough questions of all sides and revealed layer by layer the truth of what happened that morning. This is a story that deserves to be told. And Ferguson shows the audience something the media won't: The Truth. You get to decide what you would do with that information.

Verbatim drama, at its best, is aesthetically indistinguishable from high art.
— Michael Billington, Chief Drama Critic for The Guardian

The format of Ferguson is based on the Verbatim Theatre movement centered around the Tricycle Theatre in London, UK.

They pioneered the idea of writing plays based on the exact testimony from public inquiries or court cases. There have been a number of high profile Verbatim Dramas, including a recent staging of "All the President’s Men? Scenes From the Senate Confirmation Hearings of President Trump’s Cabinet" at The Public, starring Alec Baldwin and Ellen Burstyn.