If you’re not familiar with the Caylee Anthony story, the toddler who disappeared from her Florida home, this play should bring you up to speed.
Casey Anthony, estranged mother to child Caylee, has been in custody and undergoing trial for the kidnapping and murder of her own flesh and blood — her daughter. Caylee disappeared in June of 2008 (or sooner; no one quite knows the precise timeline at this point) and was reported missing by her grandmother — not even her own mother. Casey Anthony was subsequently arrested after finding incriminating evidence such as surveillance tapes showing the woman purchasing lime, a shovel and other miscellaneous items that a young woman of no suspicion has no business buying after her daughter had gone “missing.” Other remnants of human decomposition were also found in Casey Anthony’s car, which was conveniently reported stolen not long after Caylee’s grandmother reported the child missing.
All in all, to me, it appears that Casey Anthony is guilty beyond a shadow of a doubt. The public spectacle that has been created surrounding this case has been legendary; yet it’s still ongoing.
The Sydney Theatre, based out of Sydney, Australia, has taken a personal interest in the child’s murder case.
The playhouse’s troupe, along with Steven Soderbergh, has begun composition and rehearsal for its newest debut, “Tot Mom.” The production was inspired, obviously, by the tragic events surrounding the disappearance of toddler Caylee Anthony and its fire was fanned by the popular newscast run by Nancy Grace, who has relentlessly reported coverage on the case since its inception. According to the theatre’s website, the new production will be documentary-style and will report the cases’ findings in a real-time fashion.
Soderbergh states that all proceeds from the play’s production will go directly to the US National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.
While I think it’s an interesting time in the case’s developments to release a theatrical production of said case, I do think it’s an interesting concept in bringing an awareness to the public in a way that it’s probably never been done before — at least with regard to an ongoing case. Imagine if a theater had released an adaption of the O.J. Simpson case during the trial’s movement. Would it have raised awareness about domestic violence and its sometimes-excruciatingly violent endings? Who knows. Regardless of the interpretations behind the play and it’s effect on society in general, it’s fantastic that the proceeds are benefiting such a necessary organization rather than pocketing the funds for its own personal brand of exploitation.
What do you guys think? Too soon for such a jaw-dropping type of production or a positive step toward awareness through a medium that many people can identify with?
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