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SHARON WASHINGTON IS THE LADY
THE LADY: The musical “The Scottsboro Boys” begins as the flashback of an African American woman, remembering the events surrounding the trials in the 1930s. Throughout the musical, the lady appears in the background as a silent witness to the indignities and atrocities the Scottsboro Boys encounter. She attends the trials, stands by as the verdicts are read, brings the boys food in jail, keeps them in her thoughts as the years pass and the headlines fade. She represents all the African American women who risked their lives and worked tirelessly to bring about change during the emerging civil rights movement. Often unknown and unnamed, they rallied behind the Scottsboro Boys and did what they could.
Take the story of Rosa Macauley. In 1931, she marched to free the Scottsboro Boys. The young 19 year-old met her husband, Raymond Parks at one of the rallies in Alabama sponsored by the NAACP. A year later, they were married and she continued to do what she could, offering her own quiet strength to the Scottsboro cause. In later years, she said, “It was awful they were condemned to die for a crime they did not commit.” The Scottsboro Boys inspired young Rosa Parks who, in turn would galvanize the civil rights movement by refusing to set her sights “lower than anybody else because I was black.
SHARON WASHINGTON created this role in The Scottsboro Boys at the Vineyard and Guthrie Theaters. Off-Broadway: The Overwhelming (Roundabout), House and Garden, The Radical Mystique (Manhattan Theatre Club), Stuff Happens, Richard III (NYSF/Public Theater), String of Pearls (Primary Stages). Regional: Merry Wives of Windsor, King Lear (Denver Center), Intimate Apparel (Guthrie), Jar the Floor (Seattle Rep), The Story, Cermonies in Dark Old Men (Long Wharf), Man and Superman (Center Stage), Miss Evers’ Boys (Philadelphia Theatre Company), The Piano Lesson (Yale Rep). Film: Rocksteady (2010), Michael Clayton, School of Rock, The Long Kiss Goodnight, Die Hard With A Vengeance. TV: “Taking Chance”, “Damages”, “Royal Pains”, “Law & Order”, “Law & Order: SVU”, “Law & Order: CI.”
THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS begins performances October 7 and opens October 31 at the Lyceum Theatre (149 West 45th Street).
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