Set in 1913 Georgia, Parade is a musical based on the true story of Leo Frank, a Jewish industrialist from Brooklyn. The story centres around the murder of Mary Phagan, a 13 year old girl working at Frank's factory and the subsequent media frenzy, community outrage and mob law that overtakes the trial of Leo Frank.
Parade is a profound tale that touches on the turmoil of post-civil war Georgia, racism, and mob law. The events depicted in Parade eventually led to the revival of the defunt Ku Klux Klan and the Jewish Civil Rights organization, the Anti-Defamation League.
One interesting aspect to this production was that it was produced by BottledSnail Productions. BSP is a not-for-profit association that provides a creative outlet for members of the legal community as a way of giving back to the community and contributing to good mental health amongst lawyers. In this regard, a musical about a lawsuit is a perfect fit for a theatre company comprising almost entirely of members from the legal commmunity.
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