John Kander, Susan Stroman, David Thompson Set for Scottsboro Boys Conversation at A.C.T.
The evening will feature legendary Broadway songwriter and lyricist John Kander, Tony Award-winning director and choreographer Susan Stroman, and book writer David Thompson in conversation with A.C.T. Artistic Director Carey Perloff.
Playing at A.C.T. from June 21-July 15, The Scottsboro Boys tells the story of nine African American teenagers convicted of raping two white girls on a Southern Railroad freight train while hitching a ride to Memphis in search of employment. Despite the fact that one of the original complainants later denied that any rape had occurred, the nine teenagers were subjected to years of brutal imprisonment, death-sentence verdicts, and a denied appeal.