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.
Ensemble Cast with 4 Principal Parts
FREEDOM RIDER received its world premiere production at the Shelter Theatre at the University of Missouri, Kansas City May 1 - 10, 2015. The play and this first production was concieved and directed by Ricardo Khan.
Starring: Edwin Brown III, Mariem Diaz, Daniel Fleming, Josh Gilman, Maya
Jackson, Petey McGee, Aaron Mitchell, Frank Oakley III, Aishah Ogbeh, Emily
Nan Phillips, Darrell Ramsey, Michael Thayer, Caroline Cuchetich and Cydia White
Lighting Design: Devorah Kengmana Scenic Design: Alexander LaFrance
Costume Design: Marc Vital Sound Design: Sarah Putts
Music Director: Mia Ramsey Projection Design: Heather Crocker
Fight Director: Scott Stackhouse Props: Trevor Frederiksen
Production Manager: Sadie DeSantis
Stage Manager: Lacey Willis
LINKS to PRESS and REVIEWS from UMCK/KC Rep Production
By: ROBERT TRUSSELL 04/29/2015
"In addition to McGhee-Anderson and Jackson, Khan invited playwright/actress Nikkole Salter and writer Murray Horwitz (“Ain’t Misbehavin’”) to participate. McGhee-Anderson wrote about the young woman from Detroit. Salter created a piece on the woman from California. Jackson wrote about the Howard University student, and Horwitz created a character for the Jewish student. “These writers are people I really admire and love as artists and as people,” Khan said."
By: STEVE WALKER 05/01/2015
"Khan entrusted four playwrights — Murray Horwitz, Nathan Louis Jackson, Kathleen McGhee Anderson, and Nikkole Salter — to create four young characters whose stories would lend the play a narrative focus."
By: Deborah Hirsch 05/05/2015
"Based on actual events, the deeply affecting play, taking place in 1961, draws on this country's long, familiar history of inequality and the inevitable tensions that erupt...Conceived and directed by Ricardo Khan, this original work — a collaborative effort with playwrights Kathleen McGhee-Anderson, Murray Horwitz, Nathan Louis Jackson and Nikkole Salter — is a strikingly staged, powerful, sometimes funny and ultimately uplifting story of young civil rights workers, black and white."