The Petaluma playwright tackles hot topics about racism and implicit bias

Diana L. Grayer of Petaluma, poet, psychotherapist and author of plays such as “Private Lives, Private Lies” and “When the Bud Blooms”, has created a new work called “Unearthing the Silent Rumblings”. Created in four short plays about the black experience in America, the show debuted last weekend, presented at Cotati’s Congregation Ner Shalom and produced by Grayer’s Our Lives Matter theater company.

The stories told in the production, which takes place again on Friday, Saturday and Sunday April 9 and 10, include a monologue discussing the use of the word “minority”, a mother and son confronting the police, two friends debating implicit bias and another pair of friends talk about the disparity between the police response to the Black Lives Matter protests and the January 6 insurgency in Washington.

Performances include a lively discussion after the plays, moderated by Grayer. Author of several books, including “Journaling: A Workbook to Transform Your Self Esteem”, “I Am Somebody”, and “Wisdom From the Wild: What’s Really Behind the Growl”, Grayer founded her company to inspire conversation on difficult topics .

“How can we get people to be ready to open up and allow a vulnerable conversation to take place?” Grayer asks on the Our Lives Matter Theater Company website. “Through the power of story, we bring to life many issues facing communities. This allows for more open hearts and births of empathy within ourselves. So let’s have these conversations and talk about it! Join us as we strive to provide an effective and sustainable solution to help bring our communities together.