In fall 2019, Boardwalk Theatre will produce the world premiere of Rosa Parks, a new musical by Scott Ethier and Jeff Hughes, winner of the Richard Rodgers Award from the American Academy of Arts & Letters.
On December 1, 1955 Rosa Parks, a Montgomery seamstress and secretary of the local chapter of the NAACP, was asked by a city bus driver to relinquish her seat for white passengers. When the driver, James F. Blake, threatened her with police action she met those words with a resolute “you may do that” and altered the course of American history.
But Rosa Parks is not the story of one woman's refusal to move to the back of bus in December ’55 or its subsequent historical impact. It is the story of one woman’s journey to that fateful day.