RHINEBECK, NY – “Parade,” the true story of a murder and subsequent miscarriage, opens for a run of nine performances Friday, May 20 at 8 p.m. at the Center for Performing Arts, 661 State Route 308.
The story is set in 1913 and tells the story of Leo Frank, a Brooklyn-raised Jew living in Georgia, who stands trial for the murder of 13-year-old Mary Phagan, a factory worker under his command. Already guilty in the eyes of everyone around him, a sensationalist publisher and a janitor’s false testimony seal Frank’s fate. His only defenders are a Governor with a conscience and, eventually, his assimilated Southern wife, who finds the strength and love to become his greatest champion.
At the forefront of this tragic tale is a heartbreaking love story. The show’s title refers to the annual parade held on Confederate Remembrance Day, as it was on that day in 1913 that the murder took place. The trial, sensationalized by the media, sparked anti-Semitic tensions in Atlanta and the state of Georgia.
The cast includes Dennis Wakeman, Alexandra Haines, Jovan Bradley, Maya Schubert, Ory Lopez, Steven Snyder, David Foster, Mark Colvson, Andy Crispell, Logan Callahan and Kaela Altman. Ellie DeMan, Joshua Ezra, Molly Jeanne Freer, Alexandra Heinen, Peter Kiewra, Jane Langan, Rhiannon McCaffrey, Erin McMillen, Violet McMillen, Faith Otey, Alyssa Schneider, Keli Snyder, Sabrina Tamba and Jabez Wroten are also in the cast.
“Parade” runs through June 5, with performances Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. There will be a special performance with a panel discussion on Sunday May 29, right after the show. The special panel discussion, “Antisemitism: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow,” will feature guest speaker Joel Levy, former New York Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League.
The production contains adult content that may be triggering for some and children are strongly discouraged from attending. Proof of vaccination and masks are required for admission into the theater.
Tickets are $27. Reservations can be made by visiting centerforperformingarts.org or by calling (845) 876-3080.