Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities

The Integration of Tuskegee High School: Lee v. Macon County Board of Education

The Integration of Tuskegee High School: Lee v. Macon County Board of Education

Auburn University Theatre opens its last production of 2016 with a historical and controversial memory narrative, The Integration of Tuskegee High School: Lee v. Macon County Board of Education.  

The Integration of Tuskegee High School will be presented by the Auburn University Department of Theatre April 14 - 24, in the new Black Box at the Telfair B. Peet Theatre.

Told from compelling first person accounts, The Integration of Tuskegee High School examines the events leading up to Sept. 2, 1963, when Alabama Governor George Wallace blocked the federal mandate to integrate the school by surrounding it with state troopers. Dramatized in documentary style, this live performance includes historic multi-media images, a soundscape of Civil Rights era music, and the unforgettable voices of the people who rode bus No. 12 that day - as well as those who were waiting for the bus to arrive.

“This project grew out of a collaboration with Dr. Mark Wilson and the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities,” recalls writer and director Tessa Carr.

Dr. Wilson and Dr. Robin Sabino, who is the director of the Africana Studies program in the College of Liberal Arts, along with their students, had conducted interviews with Tuskegee community members who were involved in the desegregation of Tuskegee Public High School in 2013, at the 50th anniversary of the event.

“Dr. Wilson asked me to take a look at the transcripts of the interviews, to see if I thought there would be a play in the material. Upon reading the transcripts and listening to the audio files (of which there were more than 40 hours-worth of documentation), I was immediately struck by the passion that people felt about this event - passion that was evident 50 years on. There was a conversation that needed to happen between these voices - a conversation that Governor Wallace’s intervention had not allowed to happen. This adaptation brings that conversation to life, along with additional voices for historical context and detail. I think it is a conversation that is as relevant today as it was 53 years ago,” said Carr.

The artistic team for The Integration of Tuskegee High School includes direction by Tessa Carr, dramaturgy by Richard Trammell (a recent CLA graduate) and members of the Mosaic Theatre Company; lighting design by Fereshteh Rostampour, scenic design by Robin Jaffe, and student sound design by Cheyenne Dalton. The cast consists of Auburn University students Nora Brown, London Carlisle, Ian Downes, Alec Giommalvo, Jared Haley, Sonja Humphries, Staci Jacobson, Teyonna Johnson, Christopher Jones, Jordan Kelley, Kat McKenna, Brandon Pickett, Daphney Portis, Emily Prim, Dylan Renfrow, Aariyan Tooley, Blake Willoughby, Jackson Whiting, and Brian Young.

This performance runs approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.

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The Auburn University Theatre Box Office is located in the front lobby of the Telfair B. Peet Theatre at the corner of Samford and Duncan Avenues. We accept cash, check, and credit cards. Seating for Auburn University Theatre productions are general admission. The house opens one half-hour prior to curtain and patrons are advised to arrive early for best seating selection. Evening productions begin at 7:30 p.m. and matinees at 2:30 p.m.

Box Office Hours

The Box Office is open Tuesday-Friday, from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. During weekday performances, the Box Office is open from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. On Saturday evening performances it is open 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. and on Sunday matiness, the Box Office is open 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Call (334) 844-4154 or visit the website.


Last Updated: February 27, 2017