‘Parade’ brings tragedy to life; Production tells story of 1913 Leo Frank trial
by Sally Litchfield
November 15, 2013 12:00 AM | 2052 views | 1 1 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Michelle Davis and Chris Ikner, co-directors of ‘Parade,’ stand at the grave of Mary Phagan in Marietta. ‘Parade’ is a musical that tells the story of a Jewish factory manager accused of raping and murdering 13-year-old Mary Phagan a century ago in Atlanta. <br> Photo courtesy of Chris Davis
Michelle Davis and Chris Ikner, co-directors of ‘Parade,’ stand at the grave of Mary Phagan in Marietta. ‘Parade’ is a musical that tells the story of a Jewish factory manager accused of raping and murdering 13-year-old Mary Phagan a century ago in Atlanta.
Photo courtesy of Chris Davis
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The cast and crew of ‘Parade.’ The production runs today to Sunday and Nov. 22 to 23. All shows start at 8 p.m. except Sunday, which starts at 3 p.m. All performances are at the Act3 Playhouse, 6285-R Roswell Road in Sandy Springs.
The cast and crew of ‘Parade.’ The production runs today to Sunday and Nov. 22 to 23. All shows start at 8 p.m. except Sunday, which starts at 3 p.m. All performances are at the Act3 Playhouse, 6285-R Roswell Road in Sandy Springs.
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This weekend, go see the community theater production of “Parade,” a musical about the trial of Leo Frank by Act3 Productions based in Sandy Springs.

Five east Cobb mothers — Susan Anderson, Theresa Dean, Patti Mactas, Johnna Mitchell and Lyn Taylor — opened Act3. They volunteered as directors and producers of plays at Dickerson Middle School and Walton High School where their children attended.

“Parade,” a musical with book by Alfred Uhry (creator of Driving Miss Daisy) and music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown, tells the story of a Jewish factory manager accused of raping and murdering 13-year-old Mary Phagan a century ago in Atlanta.

“Even though the story behind ‘Parade’ is tragic, the play itself is very uplifting and deals with the transformative power of love,” said east Cobb resident Michelle Davis, director of Education and Programming for Act3 Productions and co-director of Parade with Chris Ikner.

“The musical focuses on the love story between Leo Frank and his wife, Lucille,” Davis said. Davis is married to Chris Davis, who plays Leo Frank in the play. The couple met and married at Act3.

“There’s almost a blur between story and reality for Chris and me since we live in Marietta, Mary Phagan’s hometown,” Michelle Davis said.

“Just the other day, we were shopping for props for the play right across the street from where Leo Frank was lynched. Chris and I have been to Mary’s gravesite with the other cast members. In fact, some of the lyrics in the play came straight from Mary’s tombstone as well as from the tombstone of her mother. It gave me chills to read them myself at the cemetery,” Michelle Davis said.

The show runs today to Sunday and Nov. 22 to 23. All shows start at 8 p.m. except Sunday, which starts at 3 p.m. All performances are at the Act3 Playhouse, 6285-R Roswell Road in Sandy Springs.

Tickets range from $15 to $28 and can be purchased at www.act3productions.org.

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Hyman Roth
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January 27, 2014
Leo Frank was just accused, he was indicted 21 to 0 by a Grand jury that included several Jews, convicted by Judge and Jury, that voted 13 to 0, and every level of the USA appeals courts ruled his trial was fair and that the evidence sustained the verdict of guilt.
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