Healing the Wounds of the 1964 Civil Rights Movement, Vietnam War


Bourbon is a powerful, passionate piece.” – Chicago Tribune


(Newport, KY) — With support from a grant by the PNC Charitable Trust, Falcon Theatre brings Bourbon at the Border by distinguished playwright Pearl Cleage (Blues for an Alabama Sky, A Song for Coretta) to the stage for a special, limited engagement.

When May and Charlie joined hundreds of other Americans who went to Mississippi in the summer of 1964 for a massive voter registration drive, they had no idea their lives were about to change forever. As students at Howard University, their campus activism had been met with calls to their parents and threats of expulsion. The stakes in Mississippi were a lot higher. White supremacists, outraged at the challenge to their segregated way of life, responded with violence that left three civil rights workers dead and many wounded. Soon after, President Johnson deployed thousands of American soldiers to fight the Vietnam War. Four decades later, their heroic fight for racial justice and freedom still haunt them as they struggle to make sense of their lives and look for hope in their future.

Cincinnati audiences won’t want to miss what the Atlanta Journal-Constitution calls a “…surprisingly heartbreaking, tingling story of the ghosts of a Mississippi summer…” directed by Piper N. DavisBourbon on the Border features an extraordinary cast of audience favorites, including Torie Wiggins*, Dathan Hooper*, Kyndra Jefferies, and James Christian, Jr..

Performances are August 5, 6, 12, and 13 at 8:00 PM EST and August 7 and 14 at 2:00 PM EST. Ticket prices are $25 for adults and $15 for students with valid ID. Visit falcontheater.net for details and to reserve your seats.

Health and Safety Information
In keeping with our policy of putting safety first and also responding to national and local health and safety guidelines, Falcon will no longer require vaccination or negative COVID-19 tests of our patrons. Masks are welcome and strongly recommended, but not required. Please read through all our health and safety guidelines here for full details, which will be updated with all the latest changes so check back before coming to the theater to ensure you understand the current safety guidelines.

*Actor appears through the courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

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