PARADE is a musical by Alfred Uhry and Jason Robert Brown that tells a true and painful story
of the miscarriage of American justice.
In 1913, Leo Max Frank, a Jewish factory supervisor from Brooklyn, NY, was wrongfully accused
of the brutal rape and murder of a thirteen-year-old worker in his Atlanta pencil factor, Mary Phagan.
Although Frank's death sentence was commuted to life in prison by then-Governor John Slaton,
when a crowd of highly respected citizens plotted and carried out Frank's lynching in 1915,
Frank became the only Jew ever to be lynched in our country. As a result of the case, which inflamed
our country, the Ku Klux Klan was revived and became ever more virulent and powerful.
As well, the Anti-Defamation League was founded in order to fight anti-Semitism and discrimination
of all kinds in the U.S.
PARADE is an especially appropriate production for a university theatre department to present:
the play focuses on racial-, religious-, economic-, and gender-driven conflicts that, if we are to grow
as a society, demand our remembrance so that we are better empowered to cure the injustice, intolerance,
and bigotry that continues to plague our nation.