JimmyLee production scheduled for March 11
JimmyLee, the Civil Rights-era drama, will be presented at Judson College on March 11 at 1:30 pm in Alumnae Auditorium. The public is cordially invited to attend, and there is no charge for admission; however, contributions to help offset the cost of production are welcomed.
The play is set during the voting rights movement and portrays events leading up to the death of Jimmie Lee Jackson, a 26-year old activist who participated in a February 1965 voting rights demonstration in Marion, Alabama. When the demonstration was interrupted by a city-wide blackout and Alabama state troopers, Jackson was shot as he attempted to protect his mother and grandfather. His death on February 26, 1965 sparked the Selma to Montgomery March and hastened the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
The College is in its sixth year of annually producing JimmyLee. The cast is in rehearsals now in Marion and in Atlanta for the March 11 show, its first production of 2019. JimmyLee is written and directed by Dr. Billie Jean Young, who is Artist-in-Residence and Associate Professor of Fine and Performing Arts at Judson, her alma mater. In addition to her role as playwright and author, Young is also an actress, speaker, activist, and MacArthur Fellow. JimmyLee premiered in 2009. For more information about Young or her work, visit her website at billiejeanyoung.com.