In 1965, when a white man entered a crowded bus in Montgomery, Alabama, four "colored" people were required to move to the back of the bus so that he could sit down. Three did so, but one woman refused. Rosa Parks's refusal to be treated as a second-class citizen made her catalyst to the Civil Rights movement.
Parks is now the subject of a play, Rosa's Children: A Play About Rosa Parks, the Mother of Us All, by Syl Jones and Indiana Repertory Theatre Associate Artistic Director Risa Brainin, running April 5 - May 3.
As part of their "Discovery Series," IRT commissioned Rosa's Children to further their efforts to create new theatrical works about and by African-Americans. The Discovery Series' plays are chosen for their educational value as well as dramatic merit.
Rosa's Children plays at the Indiana Repertory Theatre, April 5- May 3. For reservations or more information, call (317) 635-5252.
-- By Sean McGrath