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City of Good Abode

Playwright Joshua Ford

CITY OF GOOD ABODE*

by joshUA ford

 

The true story of the Memphis Sanitation Workers' strike of 1968 that led to the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Mayor Henry Loeb, a staunch conservative and recent Episcopalian convert, refuses to negotiate, despite the Black community's support of the strikers. As a planned march approaches, an energetic Black union steward, a Jewish rep and a local preacher try to resolve things with the Mayor, unaware of the tragedy that awaits.

Joshua Ford is a Helen Hayes Award-nominated playwright, whose comedy Miklat premiered at Theater J in 2002 and went on to run at regional and Jewish theaters across the United States. To Kill a King is his first play in twelve years during which time he was busy serving in multiple positions at the Washington DCJCC including director of the Washington Jewish Film Festival and Chief Program Officer. He has continued to write and has been a contributor to The Blog at 16th and Q (16thstreetj.wordpress.com), EJewishPhilanthropy and his personal blog notforprofitdad.wordpress.com. He is a graduate of Grinnell College in Iowa, where he majored in American Studies.

Fascinating history, compelling storytelling, moral depth.
— Artistic Director David Winitsky

JPP Development: 2016 Jewish Playwriting Contest, Reading at partner Continuum Theater

* previous title To Kill a King

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