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Bayard Rustin: Inside Ashland

"We need, in every community, a group of angelic troublemakers."

Chief organizer of the 1963 March on Washington and openly gay Civil Rights activist, Bayard Rustin was nearly written out of the history books. This world premiere musical play soars with African-American spirituals and offers a glimpse into a transformative moment for young Rustin — his 1944 prison sentence in Ashland, Kentucky. As he incites nonviolent protests against prisoner segregation and refuses to hide his sexuality, Rustin is branded a “troublemaker." And did you know? Bayard Rustin was born and raised in nearby West Chester, PA.

Recommended for ages 17+ due to explicit sexual language, brief nudity, and adult themes


Steve H. Broadnax III

May 13 - Jun 7, 2020
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Leonard C. Haas Stage at People's Light
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