Direct from Death Row, the Scottsboro Boys: An Evening of Vaudeville and Sorrow

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Dramatists Play Service, 2005 - Drama - 73 pages
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THE STORY: The nine Scottsboro Boys arrive from eternity to the stage of the theater producing the play. They have come to keep alive the story of their arrest and conviction for the rape of two white women in Scottsboro, Alabama in 1931 (despite i

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Mark Stein is the author of the plays THE GROVES OF ACADEME, AT LONG LAST LEO, GHOST DANCE, ACTS UNBECOMING A GOLEM, and MATING DANCE OF THE WEREWOLF. They have been performed at Manhattan Theatre Club, Actors Theatre of Louisville, South Coast Repertory, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Manitoba Theatre Centre, L.A.'s Fountain Theatre, and elsewhere. As a screenwriter, Stein wrote the script for "Housesitter," starring Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn, as well as television movies for CBS and NBC.

Since 1991, Harley White Jr. has been a prominent figure on the Sacramento music scene in a wide array of roles from pop recording artist with “Papa’s Culture,” as a creative force with “Blackalicious,” “Original Heads,” and “Dr. Echo,” as an award-winning bassist, and as an impresario presenting the WhiteNoise™ festival. Now, with the Harley White Jr. (HWJO) Jazz Orchestra, White returns to his musical roots as the son of prominent Bay Area Educator, Bassist, Harley White Sr. His performing groups have included: 1991- 1996 “Papa’s Culture” (Funk/Pop/World Beat); 1995 to present “Original Heads”(Funk/Jazz/Hip Hop); 2005 “Harley White Jr. Orchestra” (Swing/Blues). His albums have included: 1993 Papa’s Culture “Papa’s Culture but...” (Elektra Records, 1995, Melvin Van Peebles “Ghetto Gothic,” Capitol Records); 1998 Cake “Prolonging the Magic“ (Volcano Records); 1998 Blackalicious ”Nia“ (Quannum Records); 2002 Blackalicious “Blazing Arrows” (MCA/Universal); 2002 Ben Harper/Blackalicious “Blazing Arrows” (MCA/Universal); 2004 Jose Montoya/Casindio “Locura Cura” (Royal Chicano Air Force); 2005 Faith Evans “The First Lady” (Capitol). His theatrical contributions include: 1995 Uncle Bend’s AN AMERICAN NEGRO NARRATIVE, Sacramento Theatre Company (actor, performer); 1999 LIVE FROM DEATH ROW: THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS by Mark Stein, Sacramento River Stage (Composer, performer); 2009 Sizzling Sirens' BURLESQUE EXPERIENCE. For film/TV, he has done “It's Going Down” for Universal Motion Picture; “Brown Sugar”; “Beautiful Dream”; and, for UPN, “Girlfriends.” His awards include the Platinum Record for Faith Evans "The First Lady” as songwriter and producer; “Sammie” awards (Sacramento News and Review Award) for groups Papa’s Culture, Original Heads, Dutch Falconi Orchestra, Daisy Spot, the Housekats, Critical Achievement and Best Bassist; Direct from Death Row: The Scottsboro Boys (winner of Best Ensemble, L.A. Weekly Award, and Best Ensemble, Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award); and Rolling Stone Magazine “Best New Faces” 1993.



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