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[Note: actual show reviews will resume next week.]

Rape, antisemitism, and lynching converge in Jason Robert Brown and Alfred Uhry’s Tony-winning musical tragedy Parade, based on the real-life case of pencil factory manager Leo Frank. Tried and found guilty for raping and murdering Mary Phagan, a thirteen-year old employee, Frank was pulled from jail and lynched, the only known lynching of a Jew in the American south. (The titular parade refers to the fact that the show opens on the day Phagan’s body was found, the Saturday of a big Confederate Memorial Day parade.) Other characters in the musical include Frank’s increasingly devoted wife* and the governor of Georgia.

*Odd piece of trivia: Mrs. Frank later became friends with writer Uhry’s grandmother, the same elderly Jewish lady on whom he based the title character in his screenplay for Driving Miss Daisy.

January 19 2020


Date: January 19, 2020
Time: 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Cost: $20
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James and Gloria Maron Cultural Arts Center

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Providence, RI 02909 United States

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