Catherine Schreiber

Date: 22 Oct 2014

About the talk: The Scottsboro Boys is the true story of nine innocent black youths whose lives were destroyed by the single-line lie of two white women in the racist American south of 1931. The Scottsboro Boys trials continued for five years, sparked the Civil Rights movement in the United States, and led to two pivotal United States Supreme Court rulings, including the right to a Fair Trial and the inability to exclude blacks from the jury. Rosa Parks met her husband supporting the Scottsboro boys. But the show is not just about history; the events continue to be of political importance: in April, 2013, The Scottsboro Boys Act was passed by the Alabama State Legislature, officially exonerating the Scottsboro boys, with the last three boys pardoned in November, 2013.  Although a musical and hugely entertaining, The Scottsboro Boys is deeply evocative with reverberations on many socio-political levels.  Following a sold-out run at the Young Vic, The Scottsboro Boys transferred to the Garrick Theatre in the West End of London where it performed to an audience including Yale Club of London members and guests.  It is winner of the London Critics’ Circle Best Musical Award for 2013 and the London Evening Standard Award for Best Musical in 2014.

About the speaker: Catherine Schreiber (SY ’75) is a Tony-winning producer for Clybourne Park. Her Tony Award nominations include Peter and the Starcatcher (2012), The Scottsboro Boys (2011) and Next Fall (2010). Other recent productions include: The King’s Speech (UK), El Chico de Oz (Peru), and Stick Fly (Broadway).  Off Broadway she produced Desperate Writers, a play she co-wrote.  Honoured for her work with the Scottsboro Boys Museum, she received the Key to the City of Scottsboro and spoke at the signing of the Scottsboro Boys Act, 2013.

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