In times of great social evil, those fighting the evil are always faced with one eternal problem: Do we meet evil with violence? Or do we adhere to non-violence?
During the Civil Rights Movement, Malcolm X said we must use “whatever means” A century earlier a white Abolitionist named John Brown felt the same way. He saw slavey as a state of war against the rights of the oppressed and he gave his life in the struggle to provoke the Civil War.
Also during the Civil Rights Movement, Martin Luther King Jr. devoted himself to nonviolence and with his charisma and stunning oratory he struggled to fill all people with a moral outrage against the pernicious evils of discrimination. A century earlier a black Abolitionist named Frederick Douglass became the most charismatic orator of the century as he exhorted white people to open their eyes to the evil they were passively condoning. John Brown and Frederick Douglass were friends and they argued passionately whenever they met. ABOLITION, the play, is the story of their twelve year friendship during the troubled decade leading up to the most deadly war we have ever fought.
January 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, 31, February 1, 2, 2019
January 20, 21, 27, February 3, 2019
$15 seniors and SARTA members
$10 all seats on Thursday nights