Direct from Death Row The Scottsboro Boys (A Black History Month Play)
Guild Theater




Kicking off Black History Month, Direct From Death Row: The Scottsboro Boys is the

premiere production for Celebrations Arts 2023 Season, and shares the

African-American experience of overcoming discrimination.

Presented in collaboration with Celebration Arts and St. HOPE, the Scottsboro Boys will come

from eternity to the Guild Theater in Oak Park to reenact the story of their convictions for gang

rape, despite prima facie evidence of their innocence.

The historic event was, in many ways, something of a vaudeville. But also, as revealed

early on, the first four of the nine to get released (after seven years) appeared within a

matter of weeks in a New York vaudeville show.

The case highlighted several elements of American culture – the exploitation of racism

by the two women who falsely accused these young Black men; and the Communist

Party’s exploitation of racism in its efforts to recruit African Americans.


Friday, February 10 at 8pm

Saturday, February 11, at 8pm

Sunday, February 12 at 2pm

Thursday, February 16 at 8pm

Friday, February 17 at 8pm

Saturday, February 18 at 8pm

Sunday, February 19 at 2pm

Thursday, February 23 at 8pm

Friday, February 24 at 8pm

Saturday, February 25 at 8pm

Sunday, February 26 at 2pm

Thursday, March 2 at 8pm

Friday, March 3 at 8pm

Saturday, March 4 at 8pm

Sunday, March 5 at 2pm


$23 – General Admission

*$21 – Students/Seniors (65+)

$15 – Thursday Nights

*Must show Photo ID/School ID upon entry