“Parade,” the Tony Award-winning musical, with book by Alfred Uhry (“Driving Miss Daisy” and “Edgardo Mine) and music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown (“Songs for a New World” and “The Last 5 Years”), will be staged by the Trinity College Department of Music, February 13-15.
Gerald Moshell, Professor of Music and Director of the Musical-Theater Program at Trinity College, directs an undergraduate cast of 25 and a professional chamber orchestra. Choreography is by Julia Strong ’94 and Micah Greene.
Student cast: Jamie Ballan ’16, A.J. Ballard ’16, Kristan Bertschmann ’15, Jamie Brandel ’17, Erik Bloomquist ’14, Preston Carey ’15, Anisha Chakrabarti ’14, Avery Dwyer ’14, Jay Fazzino ’14, Luke Hickox ’16, Tina Lipson ’14, Ebban Maeda ’16, Mac McCarthy ’15, Malcom Moon ’15, Jackie Pennell ’14, Forrest Robinette ’16, Rachel Rossetti ’16, Ann Satine ’16, Brandon Serafino ’14, John Stiller ’14, Marisa Tornello ’15, Sarah Wallingford ’15, Malcolm Williams ’14, and Lauren Yianilos ’14
“Parade” is a work of musical theater inspired by a notorious trial a century ago in Atlanta, Georgia. Leo Frank, a Jewish, Brooklyn-bred, Cornell-educated, and recently married manager of a pencil factory, was wrongly accused and found guilty of murdering a 13-year-old girl in his employ. Some legal historians believe that the all-white jury was the first to convict a white man on the basis of a black man’s testimony. Frank’s death sentence was commuted by the governor to life in prison, but vigilantes unhappy with this decision abducted the prisoner and lynched him.
Anti-semitism, the cults of Southern chivalry and the “flower of white womanhood,” memories of the Confederacy’s losses and defeat in the Civil War 50 years earlier, and a declining agrarian society’s resentment of northern industrialists are undercurrents in both the historical record and the musical.
A symposium on Saturday, February 15 at 3:00 p.m. that will explore the historical, racial, religious, and journalistic issues raised by the case of Leo Frank will be held in the Terrace Rooms of Mather Hall, 300 Summit Street.Admission is free and no tickets or reservations are needed for the symposium.
Ben Brantley, chief theater critic of the New York Times, and Gerald Moshell will discuss the place “Parade” holds in the history of the serious American musical. Issues raised by the Leo Frank case will be discussed by Melissa Fay Greene, an award-winning journalist and author of “The Temple Bombing,” a book exploring Atlanta Jewry and the Civil Rights movement, and William Jelani Cobb, Associate Professor of History and Director of the Institute for African American Studies at the University of Connecticut. How the Leo Frank case has affected the municipal psyche of Atlanta for 100 years will be discussed by Mark Silk, Professor of Religion and Director of the Leonard Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life at Trinity College, and a former columnist for the Atlanta Constitution, and James F. Jones, Jr., President of Trinity College, a native of Atlanta whose earliest recollections include hearing his grandparents speak of the Leo Frank case.
A 6:30 p.m. dinner in Hamlin Hall between the symposium and performance is available for $20 per person. Reservations are required for the dinner; please call Christine McMorris at (860) 297-2353 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Parade” will be performed Thursday and Friday, February 13 and 14, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, February 15 at 8:30 p.m., at the Austin Arts Center’s Goodwin Theater.
General admission is free, but ticket reservations are strongly suggested; please call (860) 297-2199.