U.K. theatre group Vivo D’Arte will present a site-specific production of Jason Robert Brown and Alfred Uhry’s Parade in September. Performances will run September 7–16 at Frogmore Paper Mill. The Hemel Hempstead building serves as the world’s oldest mechanized paper mill—and still functions as one.
Vivo D’Arte is led by Artistic Director Amy Dunstall and Managing Director Dan Cowtan. The productions, frequently cast with primarily students or recent graduates of U.K.-based performing arts institutions, offer immersive theatrical experiences and reinterpretations of musicals and opera.
Based on a true story, Parade is set in Civil War-era Georgia and tells the story of a Jewish factory manager wrongfully convicted of the rape and murder of a young employee. As the town mourns the loss of the 13-year-old, an anti-Semitic, right-wing newspaper fuels the vitriol that ultimately leads to Frank’s lynching.
The production will take place in various areas of the building, as the audience travels with the cast as the action unfolds.
The Paper Mill will also play host to Vivo D’Arte’s upcoming production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute, running September 2–6.