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"Parade" opens in Edmond

Anna Holloway Published: June 20, 2013

Produced by Upstage Theatre at the Mitch Park Amphitheatre, the beautifully scored “Parade” explores anti-Semitism and racism in 1913 Atlanta. A rare production of an unusual show, this is the first regional production in Oklahoma.

Based on historical events, “Parade” tells the tragic story of Leo Frank, a young Jewish factory superintendent falsely accused of murdering a young factory worker, 13 year old Mary Phagan. His trial and prosecution are filled with lies and false testimonies which ultimately convict him of the crime. Lucille Frank knows and believes that her husband is innocent and fights for his pardon and a commutation of his sentence. Through the tragic events, Leo and Lucille find a way back to one another and to their love.

Parade was written by Jason Robert Brown (The Last Five Years, 13: the musical) and Alfred Uhry (Driving Miss Daisy, The Last Night of Ballyhoo). The production at Upstage Theatre was directed by Ben Whaley with music direction by Tim Goff.

The show will run Thursday through Saturday for two weekends, June 20-22 & 27-29. Curtain time is 8pm. Tickets are $16 for adults and $8 for children (4 and under admitted free). Seating is on the amphitheatre lawn, so please bring lawn chairs and/or picnic blankets. All performances will take place at the Mitch Park Amphitheatre at 2733 Marilyn Williams Drive. Tickets can be purchased on www.ticketstorm.com. For further questions, please call 405.285.5803 or visit www.upstagetheatreok.com.

PARENTAL DISCRETION ADVISED.