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Performs: September 20th – October 21st, 2016

Targeted to Grades: 6th – 12th


Professional teaching artists will come to your school to prepare your students for the show!

What sacrifices do those who confront discrimination make?

Standards:  Meets 6-12 CCR Anchor Standards for Speaking and Listening for KS and MO SL.6-12.1 and Social Studies Standards for KS: SS Benchmark 2.2 and MO SS6g 1.6, 3.6 & SS6i 1.9 (participate effectively in a range of conversations with diverse partners, describe how laws and events affect members of groups, analyze the context under which significant rights and responsibilities are defined and demonstrated)

  • Dramatized will be: the inciting incident of Arkansas Governor Faubus opposing the federal government; nine students facing daily harassment but trained not to react; and the expulsion of Minnijean Brown after her act of defiance.
  • Following each performance, student audiences will be “in role” as citizens of a Little Rock “town hall” in 1957 to question the key players (professional actors) and debate whether the remaining eight students should return to Central High or delay returning until all violence has subsided.
  • What is the effect of racial segregation on society? How can civic engagement help to challenge social injustices? How do we think the presidential candidates will deal with these issues?
  • Content notice: The ‘N’ word is used one time in the play, in an actual quote from one of the harassers as verified in the memoir, Warriors Don’t Cry by Melba Patillo Beals


“We have taken a very important step on the road to freedom and equality promised to us by the US Constitution.” -Reverend Crenshaw, NAACP


Audience Etiquette

“An Alien’s Guide to the Theatre”