Little Rock Play Tackles Southern History From Slavery To Civil Rights Era

Aug 23, 2012

Conversations about racism, discrimination, and prejudice are never easy. People are sometimes unwilling to express their true feelings on issues of race for fear of being labeled racist, militant, or just too stubborn to let go of the past. However, a group of actors in Little Rock are learning, through a play titled Southern Cross, audiences can find new ways to discuss tough topics.

Southern Cross ends its run at the Weekend Theater August 24th and 25th
Credit Malcolm Glover

Throughout the production, stories by playwright Jon Klein navigate the rivers of American history from the Civil War to the Civil Rights era with a cast and crew I know well after agreeing to take on the role of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Director Frank Butler says the play consists of several familiar stories including Union Army General William Tecumseh Sherman's “March to the Sea” military campaign, Louisiana Governor and U.S. Senator Huey Long's rise and fall, Martin Luther King's struggles in Selma, and the exploitation of Elvis Presley.

Southern Cross will end its run at the Weekend Theater on Friday, August 24th and Saturday, August 25th. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Click here for more information.