BROADBEND,
ARKANSAS

LIBRETTO BY ELLEN FITZHUGH &

HARRISON DAVID RIVERS

MUSIC BY TED SHEN

DIRECTED BY JACK CUMMINGS III

PRODUCED IN ASSOCIATION WITH

THE PUBLIC THEATRE

 

OCTOBER 25 – NOVEMBER 23, 2019

The Duke at 42nd Street
229 West 42nd Street

 

In Transport Group’s world premiere musical Broadbend, Arkansas, an African-American family grapples with decades of inequality, violence, and suppression in the South.  Benny, an orderly at a nursing home, delicately balances his role as a caregiver to an ornery white resident who shares a contentious past with his white boss while at the same time caring for his own family as the fight for equality grips the nation in the midst of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement.  Thirty years later, his daughter, Ruby, struggles to understand an incident of police brutality against her 15-year-old son.  This unique musical, spanning nearly half a century and three generations, asks us to contemplate the cycle of violence in this country and how we will find hope and create change against the backdrop of hate that plagues America.  

Creative Team

Jack Cummings III

Director

 

Mandy Hackett

Dramaturgy 

Michael Starobin

Orchestrations

Nora Brennan

Casting

 

 

 

 

Cast

Casting announcement coming soon!