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ABAC Presents! Series brings one-act play about 1963 March on Washington

 

TIFTON—Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College’s ABAC Presents! Performing Arts Series will host “Keep Marching: The Road to the March On Washington” performed by the Mad River Theater Works on March 7.

“Keep Marching”, a one-act play, brings a collected oral history to life, exploring the historic 1963 March On Washington. Remembered as the day that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. made his famous ‘I Have A Dream’ speech in August of 1963, the event drew over 250,000 people together in a peaceful gathering, and was a pivotal action in the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s.

At the heart of the play, according to the theater company, is the question of why the event drew such a large crowd without knowing that Dr. King was going to deliver one of the most iconic speeches in modern history?

The play is built upon two threads of storytelling. One is the historical record of the plans, motivations, fears, and concerns that went into organizing the march. The second stems from collected oral histories, gathered by playwright Daniel Carlton, of people who attended the march. Weaving these threads together are the play’s news reporters who help bring to life many of the iconic figures behind the demonstration including Dr. King, Bayard Rustin, and John Lewis.

Other upcoming performances in the series include the Akropolis Reed Quartet on April 4 and The Jim Gasior Trio with the ABAC Jazz Ensemble on April 18.

Tickets can be purchased at www.artsatabac.com/abac-presents or by calling the ABAC Ticket Line at (229) 391-4895. Tickets for the ABAC Presents! series are $20 for adults and $10 for youth.

The ABAC Presents! series showcases professional performing artists selected to support ABAC and area students’ study of the arts and to present high-quality arts experiences to the entire community. All ABAC Presents! performances are held in ABAC’s Howard at 7 p.m. with doors opening at 6:15 p.m.

 

Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College’s ABAC Presents! Performing Arts Series will host “Keep Marching: The Road to the March On Washington” performed by the Mad River Theater Works on March 7.

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