This June I begin rehearsals in Chicago on this world premiere "exploring race in America through the lens of the abolitionist movement and the found documents of the nation. The story is of an ex-slave's struggle to become a man. His adversaries are not only those who strive to hinder him, but also those who purport to help him. His struggle is America's struggle: its ongoing, ever present battle against the sin of the slavery."
Written by Thomas Klingenstein
Directed by Christopher McElroen
THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS
This fall I'll be returning to Boston to work on the New England premiere of the famed Kander and Ebb's (Cabraet, Chicago) final collaboration. " the shocking true story of nine African American boys jailed in Alabama in 1931 for a crime they did not commit. Featuring a period-specific mix of gospel, jazz, and vaudeville, this audacious musical uses the construct of a minstrel show to tell the harrowing true story that provoked a national outrage and helped launch the American Civil Rights Movement."
Music and Lyrics by John Kander and Fred Ebb
Book by David Thompson
Directed by Paul Daigneault