In March of 1931, nine black boys were pulled off a train in Paint Rock, Alabama, and were wrongly accused of raping two white women on a train traveling through the South. The first unfortunate set of trials for this group of boys was held in the court of Scottsboro, Alabama, thus beginning the saga of the Scottsboro Boys. Signature Theatre will bring the story’s musical adaptation to D.C. in celebration of the work of John Kander and Fred Ebb, bringing the oft forgotten story of this injustice to a generation that might find the themes quite familiar. The theatrical story of the Scottsboro Boys made its Broadway run in 2010, lasting only a two-month stretch that proved nevertheless historical. Nominated for 12 Tonys, the play didn’t capture one win, setting a record in futility for Tony nominees. During its run, the play also found protestors railing against the use of minstrel framework in the show, despite the intentional use of minstrelsy to uncover the evil of the artform and the American criminal justice system. Clearly ahead of its time, the musical will hit Signature with an all-black cast—with the exception of the Interlocutor, necessary in any minstrel. Read more>>> The show runs to July 1 at Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. $40–$89. (703) 820-9771. sigtheatre.org. (Hamzat Sani)
OH AND ALSO
The Birchmere welcomes jazz and blues group the Taj Mahal Trio, performing with with rock musician Jamie McLean. 7:30 p.m. at 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $55.
Kansas City rap star and producer Tech N9ne performs at the Fillmore Silver Spring. 8 p.m. at 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $29.50.
Learn the basics of spontaneous, off-the-cuff comedy at Washington Improv Theater’s Improv For All workshop at the Anacostia Arts Center. 7 p.m. at 1231 Good Hope Road SE. Free.
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