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CULTURE & HERITAGE - Culture & History

A musical about The Leo Frank case
Opens in Oslo, Norway

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PARADE is a musical about the Leo Frank case, opening in Oslo, Norway exactly one hundred
years after the Mary Phagan murder.

In 1913 Leo Frank was the newly elected president of the Gate City Lodge no. 144 of B’nai
B’rith in Atlanta, Georgia. He had moved to Atlanta from Brooklyn to work as superintendent
at the National Pencil factory.
On April 26th 1913 Mary Phagan, a 13 year old factory worker, is murdered. Soon Leo Frank
is arrested for the murder. Media frenzy and public opinion agitates the demands for “justice”.
Leo Frank is sentenced to death. During two years he writes numerous appeals. Finally
John Slaton, governor of Georgia, re-examines the evidence and testimonies, and commutes Leo
Frank’s death sentence to life in prison. The citizens are outraged. In the middle of the night,
On August 16th1915, a group of 28 men break into the prison where Leo is being held, kidnap him
and drive him 280 kilometres to Mary Phagan’s home town. There they lynch him.
The original trial against Leo Frank is what sparked the creation of the Anti Defamation
League in 1913. The lynching of Leo Frank led to the re-creation of the Ku Klux Klan. But not
everyone is familiar with these events!
The situation around the Leo Frank case is complex: there’s South versus North, child labour,
race issues, religion and sensation journalism.
PARADE was written by Alfred Uhry, a Southerner And a Jew, and Jason Robert Brown, Jewish and
from the North.
We – a group of professional actors and singers – are truly passionate about telling this story, to remind people about tolerance and courage. After the tragedy here in Oslo July 22nd 2011, we as
a people started to discuss tolerance, prejudice, courage, forgiveness and every individual’s responsibility when confronted with tragedy and evil. We would like to contribute to and broaden
that discussion, while giving the audience a sincere artistic experience. We also hope this production of PARADE could inspire theatres across Europe to tell this story, too.

We need your help!
Unfortunately we haven’t succeeded yet in reaching the level of funding we would need. We are
now reaching out to the communities possibly most open to helping us in this endeavour: the
theatre community, people of Jewish faith, civil rights organisations and the legal community.

We would be very grateful to every person donating 10 Euro or spreading our plea to persons
or organisations interested to help!
Please see our website www.paradenorge.no  for information – Donations may be sent to :
Bank Account : NO82 9046 1203 247 – BIC : HANDNOKK
Bank : Handelsbanken, Postboks 1664 Vika – S-0120 OSLO - Norway

PARADE Thanks you!