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BY: Kathleen McGhee AndersonMurray Horwitz,

Nathan Louis Jackson, and Nikkole Salter

THE STORY:  May 1961.  Four young American students join others aboard a southbound bus in Washington, DC to challenge segregated spaces in interstate travel, and ended up changing themselves and the nation forever. Inspired by real events.  Play conceived by Ricardo Khan.  Commissioned by the University of Missouri, Kansas City Graduate Acting department.

 

Full lenghth

Ensemble Cast with 4 Principal Parts

 

FREEDOM RIDER
FREEDOM RIDER

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FREEDOM RIDER
FREEDOM RIDER

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FREEDOM RIDER
FREEDOM RIDER

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FREEDOM RIDER received this world premiere co-production at the Alabama Shakespeare Company and at Crossroads Theatre from April 8 - June 26, 2022, also directed by Ricardo Khan.

FREEDOM RIDER received its initial workshop production at the Shelter Theatre at the University of Missouri, Kansas City May 1 - 10, 2015.  The production directed by Ricardo Khan.  

Starring: Henry Gardner, Martin K. Lewis, Kelsey Ann Brown, Ryan Foreman, Alexis Young, Josh Lerner, Cassandra Ogbozor, Alex Scoloveno, Amy Bodnar

 

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LINKS to PRESS and REVIEWS​ from UMCK/KC Rep Production

Review: The Montgomery Advertiser - ASF world premiere of Freedom Rider is powerful, poignant and inspiring

By: Rick Harmon 04/13/2022

"“Freedom Rider,” which has just opened at Alabama Shakespeare Festival, is a shockingly powerful, poignant and inspiring look at the Black and white passengers who faced racism and danger to protest segregated bus terminals...we find ourselves caring more and more about these people who risked everything to change a system they knew was wrong...There is much to admire about the production...But the production’s true strengths are an excellent ensemble cast and powerful writing."

 

PLAYS

BREAKOUT

BREAKOUT

CARNAVAL

CARNAVAL

INDIAN

INDIAN

IN THE CONTINUUM

IN THE CONTINUUM

FREEDOM RIDER

FREEDOM RIDER

LINES IN THE DUST

LINES IN THE DUST

REPAIRING A NATION

REPAIRING A NATION

TORN ASUNDER

TORN ASUNDER