The Lynching of Leo Frank

The Lynching of Leo Frank
by Robert Myers

Productions (2)
  • Drama
  • |
  • 90 - 100 minutes
  • 2 f, 10 m (12-26 actors possible: 2-5 f, 10-21 m)
  • Content Notes: Adult language
  • Set: A simplified courtroom/parole hearing room that may be slightly modified to serve as various other locales.

The Lynching of Leo Frank
by Robert Myers

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Productions (2)
  • Drama
  • |
  • 90 - 100 minutes
  • 2 f, 10 m (12-26 actors possible: 2-5 f, 10-21 m)
  • Content Notes: Adult language
  • Set: A simplified courtroom/parole hearing room that may be slightly modified to serve as various other locales.

When Mary Phagan, a white child-laborer at a pencil factory in Atlanta, is found murdered there in 1913, Leo Frank becomes the primary suspect. Frank, a Brooklyn-born Jewish engineer who managed the factory, is accused of the crime by the factory's African-American janitor, who also accuses Frank of sexual involvement with female workers. Though Frank was almost certainly innocent, he is convicted and sentenced to death, amid a brewing storm of hatred and mistrust from the community. When the sympathetic Georgia governor grants a reprieve, a gang breaks into the prison, kidnaps and then lynches Frank. Many years after this tragic story has unfolded, Frank's former office boy steps forward to bear witness to what he saw...

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Play Details

When Mary Phagan, a white child-laborer at a pencil factory in Atlanta, is found murdered there in 1913, Leo Frank becomes the primary suspect. Frank, a Brooklyn-born Jewish engineer who managed the factory, is accused of the crime by the factory's African-American janitor, who also accuses Frank of sexual involvement with female workers. Though Frank was almost certainly innocent, he is convicted and sentenced to death, amid a brewing storm of hatred and mistrust from the community. When the sympathetic Georgia governor grants a reprieve, a gang breaks into the prison, kidnaps and then lynches Frank. Many years after this tragic story has unfolded, Frank's former office boy steps forward to bear witness to what he saw...

  • Drama
  • |
  • 90 - 100 minutes
  • 2 f, 10 m (12-26 actors possible: 2-5 f, 10-21 m)
  • Content Notes: Adult language
  • Set: A simplified courtroom/parole hearing room that may be slightly modified to serve as various other locales.

Published Reviews

"The Lynching of Leo Frank takes off from a case history that, even in bare factual outline, is compelling enough... Myers uses documents of the time and his own mix of composite characters to show that this case was filled with layer after layer of deep-rooted prejudice. [It] bristles with questions that present a challenging, complex view of the crime."

Richard Christiansen, The Chicago Tribune

"In Myers' intelligent, rigorously unsentimental approach, we never see these twists coming. He sees the world of 1913 as a kind of nightmarish Escher drawing, a closed system where bigotry seals off all exits. Like Parade, the 1998 Broadway musical drama by Alfred Uhry and Jason Robert Brown, Lynching believes Frank was innocent... Myers gropes deeper than Uhry into the murky shadows of the case in search of a messier, though never complete, truth."

Dan Hulbert, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Production History

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AUG 16, 2000 - SEP 24, 2000
Theatre in the Square
Marietta, GA United States
Theatre in the Square Marietta, GA United States
NOV 11, 1998 - DEC 30, 1998
Pegasus Players Theatre
Chicago, IL United States
Pegasus Players Theatre Chicago, IL United States
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Production Group
Location
AUG 16, 2000 - SEP 24, 2000
Theatre in the Square
Marietta, GA United States
Theatre in the Square Marietta, GA United States
NOV 11, 1998 - DEC 30, 1998
Pegasus Players Theatre
Chicago, IL United States
Pegasus Players Theatre Chicago, IL United States

Awards (1)

Joseph Jefferson Award, Best New Work, Chicago (1998)