DIRECT FROM DEATH ROW: THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS - Haywood

Author Mark Stein
Washington, DC

PLAY DESCRIPTION

The nine Scottsboro Boys appear from eternity to depict all the roles as they relate the events that began in 1931, when they were convicted in Scottsboro, Alabama, of raping two white women, despite medical evidence that the women had not been physically, let alone sexually, assaulted. The case became both a cause celebré and a tug-of-war between the Communist Party and the NAACP. And created, as we see in the course of their presentation, a "family" (with all the bonds, conflicts, competitions, and personal wounds of any family) of these nine individuals.

MONOLOGUE DESCRIPTION

Time: Convicted in 1931; this speech takes place in 1948.                          

Situation: In the play, the Scottsboro Boys return from eternity to present their story. In this speech, near the end, Haywood finds himself the last of the Scottsboro Boys still in prison for a crime none of them committed -- and describes how he, as he puts it, granted himself a pardon.

Subject Matter: Race, Racism, Scottsboro Boys, Criminal Justice, Prison, Communist Party, African Americans, Injustice, Alabama, Snakes, Patience, Escape

Note from Playwright: Oh, where to begin? Perhaps best to begin at the end, the bottom line: the pain of powerlessness.

Supplemental Information: To read the full script DIRECT FROM DEATH ROW: THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS (An Evening of Vaudeville and Sorrow), go to Dramatists Play Service

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  • Source
    Full-Length Play, Play w/Music
  • Character Age
    Adult 20-30
  • Character Gender Ident./Sexual Orient.
    Male, Non-Binary
  • Character Ethnicity
    African/African American
  • Genre
    Play w/Music, Drama, Historical Drama
  • Period
    Pre-Contemporary
  • Length
    2 min +
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