Ubuntu Theater Project’s latest production, The Gospel of Lovingkindness
, is a heartbreaking parable on gun violence. Written by celebrated Oakland native Marcus Gardley and performed in an intimate chamber in the Oakland City Church (2735 MacArthur Blvd.), the play does more than engage with a topical debate. Rather, the Ubuntu cast brings heart to cold statistics and case studies regarding gun violence by illustrating the issue’s root in systemic inequality through the death of one young, Black South Chicago youth and the life obstacles of another. Excellently acted and directed, the production confronts both serious politics and emotion in a manner somehow synchronously relatable and enlightening. By the end, every audience member is implicated, literally taking part in a moving vigil for all those lost to gun violence.