Jesse Manocherian and Jennifer Lorae to Lead PARADE at Gallery Players, 1/26-2/17
The Gallery Players, now in its 46th season, will start off the New Year with Alfred Uhry and Jason Robert Brown's PARADE, running January 26 to February 17, 2013. Tony Award winner for Best Book and Best Score in 1999, PARADE is based on the true events of the 1913 trial of Leo Frank, a Jewish man from Brooklyn who runs a pencil factory in Marietta, Georgia. Frank is accused of the murder of 13-year old Mary Phagan, a factory worker under his employ. Already guilty in the eyes of everyone around him, a sensationalist publisher, determined district attorney and a janitor's false testimony seal Leo's fate. His only defenders are a governor with a conscience, and eventually, his assimilated Southern wife who finds the strength and love to become his greatest champion. 2013 marks the 100th anniversary of the crime.
Jesse Manocherian (The Hidden Sky at Prospect Theatre Company) takes center stage and the stand as Leo Frank, joined by Jennifer Lorae (Fiddler on the Roof at St. Louis MUNY) as Lucille Frank and Jenavene Hester (The Sound of Music, Papermill Playhouse, How the Grinch Stole Christmas) as Mary Phagan. The cast also includes Mike Backes (Jersey Boys Las Vegas, Next to Normal national tour) as Hugh Dorsey, Bill Brooks as Older Soldier/Judge Roan, Elizabeth Burton (Elf national tour) as Iola Stover, Patrick Dunn as Britt Craig, Ashley Harris as Monteen, Leah Jennings (Gallery Players' Oliver!), as Mrs. Phagan, Lorinne Lampert (Gallery Players' A Man of No Importance, The Drowsy Chaperone) as Sally Slaton, Danny Lindgren as Tom Watson/Detective Starnes, Eric Morris (Gallery Players' A Man of No Importance) as Governor Slaton, Mark Mozingo (Golden Boy of Blue Ridge at Prospect Theatre Company) as Young Soldier/Frankie Epps, Spencer Robinson (Gallery Players' A Man of No Importance) as Luther Rosser/Officer Ivey, Emma Ruck as Essie, Crystal Sha'nae as Minnie McKnight/Angela and Anthony Wills, Jr. (Master Harold...and the Boys at Gloucester Stage) as Jim Conley/Newt Lee/Riley.