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Bourbon at the Border
By Pearl Cleage

Directed by Denise Chapman
September 22  – October 8

7 PM Curtain Thursday-Saturday
4 PM Curtain on Sunday

Show Description: 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. Years later, May and Charlie are still searching for a way back from the damage that was done to them during that long ago "Freedom Summer." 

BOURBON AT THE BORDER takes a look at the lives of two ordinary people who gave everything they had to the African–American freedom struggle but who have now been largely forgotten. In telling May and Charlie's story, BOURBON AT THE BORDER puts a human face on the unknown soldiers of the civil rights movement by refusing to romanticize them even as it honors their specific sacrifices and the price they paid.

Tickets: The Union is committed to making the arts accessible to everyone in our community and believes that money should not be a barrier to participation. With this in mind, our Performing Arts Collective follows the “radical hospitality” ticketing model set forth by Mixed Blood Theater in Minneapolis.

General admission is FREE on a first come, first served basis. You may claim two tickets per person at The Union’s reception desk, starting at 12:30pm the day of the performance. Seating begins 20 minutes before showtime. (Those who prefer guaranteed admission may make reservations in advance either online or by phone (402) 933-3161). Advanced tickets are $20 per person.

Parking & Entrance:
Parking is available in the Omaha Small Business parking lot located just north of The Union, the lot on the south side of The Union, and street parking on North 24th and Lake streets.The house will open 20 minutes prior to curtain, and there will be no late seating. If there is a wait list, any seats that have not been claimed two minutes before curtain will be released. Entrance to the performance space is located on the Lake Street side of the building.