"Parade" - The story of Leo Frank at the UCI Barclay Theatre (November 12-20th)
Department: Jewish StudiesDate and Time: November 12, 2016 - November 20, 2016 | 8:00 AM-11:00 PM
Event Location: Irvine Barclay Theater
Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown/Book by Alfred Uhry
Myrona DeLaney, Director/Andrew Palermo, Choreographer/Daniel Gary Busby, Music Director
With a soaring, Tony Award-winning score by Jason Robert Brown, Parade tells the heart-wrenching, true story of Leo Frank: a Brooklyn-raised Jewish man living in Atlanta who was wrongfully convicted of the rape and murder of his thirteen-year-old employee, Mary Phagan, in 1913. Because Frank’s trial was replete with faulty testimony and lacked any clear evidence, Georgia’s governor eventually commuted his sentence from death to life imprisonment. Despite this ruling, a lynch mob hanged Frank in Mary Phagan’s hometown of Marietta, Georgia. The momentous case drew national attention to Anti-Semitism, and was pivotal to the founding of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) as well as the revival of the Ku Klux Klan in the South. Parade sits at the crux of north/south, black/white, rich/poor, Jew/gentile polarities, against the evolving backdrop of the Civil (rights) War.