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January 22, 29 30 and 31
Dear Bobby: The Musical
Judith Rosenstein and Annabelle Strong are two twelve year old girls from opposite sides of Indianapolis but their stories are similar. Both girls are growing up without their mothers and both have two very loving fathers and brothers. Judith is the Jewish daughter of a local physician and Annabelle is the daughter of a custodian who works at Indianapolis General Hospital and is the local NAACP president. Both Annabelle and Judith are infatuated over the impending arrival of Bobby Kennedy, but for very different reasons. Judith has a secret crush and hopes to finally get to see her favorite Kennedy in person, and Annabelle, a driven and intense young girl, wants to one day get into politics, just like Bobby, and she hopes to get started by working on his campaign. The play begins with each penning a letter to Bobby Kennedy. This play explores the very real struggles and successes of the Jewish community and the black community to unite as one in Indianapolis during this time. It explores in a larger scope, the tumultuous times everyone was living through as they watched in horror the assassination of their leaders. This play follows the days leading up to Bobby Kennedy’s arrival in Indianapolis, culminating in a scene of unity and harmony between the various races who stand and listen to Bobby tell them that King has been murdered. This play hopes to shed light on a time in history when everyone had to make a decision to either continue to operate separately or, in the words of Bobby Kennedy, “make an effort, as Martin Luther King did, to understand and to comprehend, and to replace that violence, that stain of bloodshed that has spread across our land, with an effort to understand with compassion and love.”
Angela Jackson-Brown is a writer, poet and playwright who teaches Creative Writing and English at Ball State University in Muncie, IN. She is a graduate of Troy State University, Auburn University and Spalding University where she received her MFA in Creative Writing. Her work has appeared in various literary journals and her debut novel, Drinking from a Bitter Cup, was published by WiDo Publishing in 2014. Angela’s short play, Flossie Bailey Takes was part of the Indiana’s Bicentennial Celebration at the Indiana Repertory Theatre in Indianapolis, IN in 2016 and also during that year, she wrote and directed her play, Anna’s Wings, during the 2016 DivaFest at the IndyFringe in Indianapolis, IN and her play It Is Well appeared at the IndyFringe and Muncie Civic Theatre. You can find her at www.angelajacksonbrown.com and www.jacksonbrownentertainment.com.
Peter Davis is the author of four books of poetry, most recently Band Names. His work has been published in The Best American Poetry, The Believer, Columbia Poetry Review, and many other anthologies and journals. His music project, Short Hand, is available online. More information at his website: artisnecessary.com.