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"The Scottsboro Boys"

The Phoenix Theatre and the Black Theatre Troupe bring you
"The Scottsboro Boys!"


About "The Scottsboro Boys"

The "Scottsboro Boys” were nine African-American teenagers, as young as 13, accused in Alabama of raping two white American women on a train in 1931. The landmark set of legal cases from this incident dealt with racism and the right to a fair trial. The cases included a lynch mob before the suspects had been indicted, a frame-up, all-white juries, rushed trials, and disruptive mobs. It is frequently cited as an example of overall miscarriage of justice in the United States legal system. On November 21, 2013, Alabama's parole board voted to grant posthumous pardons to the three Scottsboro Boys who had not already been pardoned or had their convictions overturned.

The Scottsboro Boys
musical is based on the book by David Thompson, with music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb. Based on the Scottsboro Boys trial, the musical is one of the last collaborations between Kander and Ebb prior to the latter's death. The musical has the framework of a minstrel show, altered to "create a musical social critique" inviting audience members to look at racial relations with a critical heart. The musical debuted Off-Broadway and then moved to Broadway in 2010. It received twelve Tony Award nominations. 



Community Panel Registration

"Understanding Minstrel Style"

Saturday, April 8  |  6 p.m.  |  Mainstage Theatre - Phoenix Theatre
Moderated by: Colleen Jennings-Roggensack, Executive Director, ASU Gammage

The collaborative artistic team will join ASU faculty to dissect the unique storytelling style of minstrel and its ability to provide a unique commentary on the historical injustice experienced by the Scottsboro Boys.


"Arts Inspiring Justice"

Saturday, April 15  |  6 p.m.  |  Mainstage Theatre - Phoenix Theatre
Moderated by: Alberto Reyes-Olivas, Executive Director, Congressman Ed Pastor Center for Politics and Public Service

olicy makers and law enforcement will explore legal policy in the state of Arizona that is relevant to the themes from the show with a focus on deficits in policy, how those issues came to be, and what can be done to create change.


"Community Action = Community Hope"  

Saturday, April 22  |  6 p.m.  |  Mainstage Theatre - Phoenix Theatre
Moderated by: Kermit Brown, CSRD Affiliate Faculty, Arizona State University

ocial justice organizers, who work towards change in the community, will share opportunities for those inspired by the show and engagement events, to act! This panel will focus on taking action and opportunities to support and get involved in community social change will be presented.


FREE - No show ticket required  |  Open to the Public  

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Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 6:00pm to Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 6:00pm

Phoenix Theatre
100 E. McDowell Road  |  Phoenix, AZ 85004