NEW

WORKS

SERIES

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book + music + lyrics by

RICHARD ALLEN

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music + lyrics by

TARAN GRAY

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A SPECIAL EVENT TO

COMMEMORATE THE 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FREEDOM RIDES

with a special appearance by

*CHARLES PERSON*

The live 1-hour presentation will feature excerpts from Freedom Riders: The Civil Rights Musical, a conversation with the writers, and a special appearance by one of the last surviving Freedom Riders Charles Person

Freedom Riders: The Civil Rights Musical has book, music and lyrics by Richard Allen and music and lyrics by Taran Gray (writers of the. new musical Walt and Roy). Freedom Riders tells the story of the real-life Freedom Riders who challenged the status quo of the 1960s by riding interstate buses in mixed racial groups through the South challenging local laws and customs that enforced segregation. Based on the lives of Diane Nash and Congressman John Lewis, among others, Freedom Riders is a soaring portrait of American race relations and a testament to the power of nonviolent direct action in uncovering injustice.

Freedom Riders has been developed with Barn Stage Company, New York Musical Festival and The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

* FEATURING PERFORMANCES by *

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ANTHONY

CHATMON II

(HADESTOWN)

DEON'TE

GOODMAN

(HAMILTON)

PAYSON 

LEWIS

(NBC's THE SING-OFF)

BRYNN

WILLIAMS

(SPONGEBOB

SQUAREPANTS)

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TYLA

COLLIER

(SISTAS: THE MUSICAL)

CLAYTON

SNYDER

(Disney's LIZZIE McGUIRE)

JENNIFER

SUN

BELL

SCOTT

REDMOND

(RIDE THE CYCLONE)

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MEAGAN

FLINT

EBONI

MUSE

MICHAEL

WILLIAM
NIGRO

KEVIN

"BLAX"

BURROUGHS

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LEONARD

PATTON

NYGEL

ROBINSON

ERIN

VANDERHYDE

EBONY

POLLUM

DAVON

WILLIAMS

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COMMUNITY

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INNOVATION

EXPLORATION

EVOLUTION

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ARTS WORKERS

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COLLABORATION