Kent State presents Tony Award-winning musical "Parade"

The School of Theatre and Dance's 2019-2020 season, designed to coincide with Kent State University's commemoration of the 50th anniversary of May 4, continues with a production of the Tony Award-winning musical Parade.

Directed by associate professor Fabio Polanco, Parade is centered on the 1913 Atlanta murder of Mary Phagan and the conviction, commutation, and lynching of Jewish factory superintendent Leo Frank. With book by Alfred Uhry, music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown, and co-conceived by Harold Prince, the powerful musical explores and invites civic discourse on social injustice, religious intolerance, the justice system, racial divides, and civil rights. 

Through the production of Parade, the School of Theatre and Dance looks to unpack multiple voices and perspectives through story-telling. "Inspired by the spirit of Epic Theatre, ouur hope is to show how art can 'lead spectators to think, question, and learn about the social conditions exhibited in the work,' consider parallels between the past and the present, and engage in civic discourse," said director Fabio Polanco.

Parade runs Feb. 21 - March 1, 2020 in E. Turner Stump Theatre, located in the Center for the Performing Arts, 1325 Theatre Drive, Kent, OH 44242.


The production team includes music direction by associate professor Jonathan Swoboda, choreography by assistant professor Jennifer Black, costume design by Kelley Shephard, lighting design by Sierra Walker, projections design by Tiffanie Chau-Dang, scenic design by assistant professor Tamara L. Honesty, sound design by Caleb Stoller, and technical direction by Alex Barnhart. Talia Rockland is the assistant director and dramaturg, professor Yuko Kurahashi, Ph.D. is dramaturg, Travis Daniel Williams is props manager, assistant professor Courtney Brown is the dialect coach, and Michael Gatto is the fight director. Faith Roush is the production stage manager. 


For tickets call 330-672-ARTS (2787), purchase online at or in person at the Performing Arts Box Office located in the Roe Green Center lobby of the Center for the Performing Arts at 1325 Theatre Drive. The box office is open Mon. – Fri., Noon to 5 pm. Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for Kent State University alumni, $14 for faculty and staff, $14 for seniors (60+) and non-Kent State students age 18 and under are $10. Tickets for full-time, Kent campus undergraduates are free of charge. Groups of 10 or more can purchase tickets for $12 per person.  Flex pass subscriptions are also available. The box office accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, checks, and cash. 


For more information on Parade, please visit


Parade is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.




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POSTED: Wednesday, February 12, 2020 - 2:10pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, February 25, 2020 - 1:25pm
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