The sizable challenge taken on by writer Kermit Frazier, and composer-lyricists Jim Basnight and Richard Gray, is how to turn the tumultuous 1957 racial integration of Little Rock's Central High School, a milepost in the modern civil-rights movement, into a kind of "Grease"-meets-"Eyes on the Prize."
It can be said that life's harsh truths can be most clearly seen through the eyes of a child. At the same time, it is from this point of view that beauty and joy can be revealed to us, which we would otherwise overlook in a seemingly hopeless world. In a stroke of genius, First Stage Children's Theater Director Rob Goodman put these tenets to work by commissioning playwright Kermit Frazier to write a play that, according to his notes in the playbill, asks, "Are the ideals and methods of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. still valid for today's youth?"
Samuel Nigro, Filmmaker
Wendy Richmond, Interdisciplinary Artist
Seamus Scanlon, Writer
Scott Wheeler, Composer
Kermit Frazier, Writer
Andrew Rudin, Composer