The University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law joins Single Carrot Theatre and Why Murder? to host the fifth annual live reading of Anna Ditkoff’s “Murder Ink,” a column which appears in Baltimore’s City Paper. The event takes place Wednesday, January 25 at 7 p.m. in the Law School’s Westminster Hall. It is free and open to the public.
Ditkoff has chronicled every homicide in Baltimore City since 2004, giving identities and, when possible, resolutions to an epidemic that is too often faceless and unresolved.
A panel discussion featuring Ditkoff, Donnie Andrews, founder and president of Why Murder? and Rebecca Bowman-Rivas, coordinator of the Law and Social work Program at UM Carey Law follows the reading.
Though 2012 marks the reading’s fifth year, this is its first year at UM Carey Law. In 2008, Buck Jabaily, one of Single Carrot’s founders, approached Ditkoff and asked to do a reading of her column for that year. Ditkoff agreed, and the first readings took place at Baltimore Theatre Project. In 2010, the reading took to the streets, literally. Performers and audience members read the spare accounts on the North Avenue sidewalk in front of Single Carrot, underneath rented space heaters. In 2011 it was too expensive to rent the heaters, so the reading moved inside. This year, thanks to the leadership of Taunya Lovell Banks, Jacob A. France Professor of Equality Jurisprudence, UM Carey Law joins Single Carrot along with Why Murder?, an antiviolence activist group, to host the reading.
Single Carrot was founded in 2005 by a group of young artists seeking to make their community a better place through their work. After a national search, the theatre settled on Baltimore as its home. The theatre focuses on new, diverse, and socially significant works, and champions the growth of emerging playwrights. In 2011, Single Carrot was voted “Best Local Theatre Company” by the City Paper, and Baltimore magazine has named it among the city’s top 5 theatres.
Why Murder? was founded by Donnie Andrews, who now serves as its president. Andrews, a convicted murderer, found remorse, rehabilitation, and the desire to rebuild his community while serving 17 years in federal prison. After his release, he founded Why Murder? to help young people through education and career training, neighborhood reinvestment, and by antigang work. Why Murder? also helps youth get involved in film and music to tell their stories. Two UM Carey Law students, M. Lena Beery and Diego Groisman, and two faculty members, Michael Milleman and Michael Pinard, are members of its board of directors.