University of Pittsburgh

Parade

November 9, 2017 (All day) - November 19, 2017 (All day)

Pitt Stages and the University Symphony Orchestra combine forces to present Parade. Parade tells the heart-wrenching, true story of Leo Frank a Brooklynraised Jewish man living in Atlanta who was wrongfully convicted of the rape and murder of his thirteen-year-old employee, Mary Phagan, in 1913. Georgia’s governor eventually commuted his sentence from death to life imprisonment because Frank’s trial was replete with faulty testimony and lacked any clear evidence. Despite this ruling, a lynch mob hanged Frank in Mary Phagan’s hometown of Marietta, Georgia.
The momentous case drew national attention to Anti-Semitism and was pivotal to both the founding of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and the reviving of the Ku Klux Klan in the South. Parade is a sophisticated, dark tale with endless depths for a highly skilled company of actors and musicians to plumb.

This production features the University Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Roger Zahab playing a version of the score for full orchestra that has only been heard in a single performance prior to this production. The orchestration was created by Tony Award®-winner Don Sebesky.

University of Pittsburgh Stages is thrilled to present the first fullystaged production using this orchestration. This strong cast of actors is under the direction of the talented actor and director Rob Frankenberry.

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