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Drama: Parade (Fall 2016)

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"Parade tells the heart-wrenching, true story of Leo Franks: 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 eventaully 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 in 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." -- description from UCI Drama website

Listen to the Original Broadway Cast recording online

Leo Frank / African Americans and Jewish Relations

Slavery / African Americans in the United States from 1851-1913

Civil War: Assault on Atlanta and Sherman's March to the Sea