KNOXVILLE, TN – Aug. 12, 2019 – “Red Summer,” directed by Leilani Chan, is a drama based on events that occurred in Knoxville during the racially-charged summer of 1919 performed by the Carpetbag Theatre ensemble 7:30 p.m. Sept. 12-15 at the Bijou Theatre.
The play tells the history of when World War I ended in 1919 and African American men who served felt they deserved the full rights of citizenship and higher social status in return for their patriotic service. Meanwhile, lynch mobs murdered 78 African-Americans, 10 of whom were veterans. East Tennessee was a place where a trade group proclaimed: “There are no Ku Klux Klan outrages here. We are a distinct and peculiar people.” The play tells the story of a model African American community unable to escape mob violence.
Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at www.carpetbagtheatre.org/events.
About Carpetbag Theatre
The Carpetbag Theatre, Inc. was founded in 1969 and chartered in 1970. We are a Knoxville-based professional, multi-generational ensemble company dedicated to the production of new works. We work in partnership with community artists, activists, cultural workers, storytellers, and leaders to create original, theatrical works. Our mission is to give artistic voice to the issues and dreams of people who have been silenced by racism, classism, sexism, ageism, homophobia and other forms of oppression.
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