a.r.t. / Harvard Law: Plays Don't Play: The Drama of Lynching


Thursday, April 7, 2016, 7:00pm


Ames Courtroom, Harvard Law School

Beginning in 1916, a group of black women in Washington D.C. came together to protest ceaseless acts of terrorism against African Americans - by writing plays. These plays, which were written over many decades and never commercially produced, focus on the survivors: lynching victims' mothers, siblings and spouses. They tell the stories of women who tried to prevent the violence and how they struggled to endure in its aftermath. The April 7, 2016 reading will feature three of these little known plays: Mary Burrill's Aftermath (1919), Georgia Douglas Johnson's A Sunday Morning in the South (1925), and May Miller's Nails and Thorns (1933). The cast includes students from Harvard College, Harvard Law School, Harvard Graduate School of Education, the A.R.T. Institute for Advanced Theater Training, and Northeastern University.

Co-sponsored by the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard Law School. 

This event is free and open to the public.

See the a.r.t. website for more information.

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