Tony Award-winning "Parade" Musical Takes Harper Stage

One hundred years after the tragedy that inspired it, Harper College will stage the Tony Award-winning musical "Parade" - the story of an innocent man wrongly convicted of murdering a teenage girl in 1913 Georgia.

Performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, March 15 and 16 and March 22 and 23, and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 17 and Sunday, March 24 in the College's Performing Arts Center, 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine.

"Parade," based on a true story, explores themes of bigotry, violence and anti-Semitism within the framework of American history. For Harper Assistant Professor and Theatre Director Kevin Long, the production offers an opportunity to simultaneously entertain and educate contemporary audiences.

"This is not an easy story to tell, but it is an important story to tell," Long said. "I believe that in performing 'Parade,' we are helping to transform the future so that an event like this never happens again."

Because of its mature content, the musical is not recommended for children under age 13. Tickets are $15 for general admission, with discounts for seniors.

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