Docudrama celebrates Pulaski history, the 150th anniversary of Martin Methodist College, and Black History Month
MMC presents “Boycott: Pulaski, Tennessee, and the Legacy of the Ku Klux Klan”. Written by David Alford and directed by Kayla McKinney Wiggins, the play dramatizes Pulaski’s complicated history with the Ku Klux Klan, Aryan Nations, and other hate groups, focusing specifically on the 1989 citywide boycott of an Aryan Brotherhood march. The script was developed from personal interviews with participants in the boycott effort and will be performed as a dramatic reading by an ensemble of actors depicting 34 multiracial, real-life characters including city merchants, officials, activists, law enforcement personnel, citizens, and others.
Alford is a writer, actor, director, producer, and teacher. He is an alumnus of Martin Methodist, the creator of the college’s dramatic arts program, and the former program coordinator of dramatic arts. Alford who has performed widely in theatre, film, and television, may be best remembered locally for his role as Bucky Dawes in the hit ABC television series “Nashville.” He also attended Austin Peay State University and Juilliard School for Drama in New York where he was awarded the Saint-Denis Prize upon graduation in 1991. In 1994, he was awarded a Fox Fellowship for the foundation of Mockingbird Theatre in Nashville, a professional non-profit company where he served as artistic director until 2004. From 2004-2007, he served as Executive Artistic Director of Tennessee Repertory Theatre in Nashville, the state's largest professional theatre company, and in 2008, became the Rep's first Artist-in-Residence.
“Boycott” features performances by MMC students, faculty, and alumni. The show will be performed February 8, 9, and 13 in Martin Hall Auditorium on MMC’s campus at 7:00 each evening. The event is free and open to the public. Audience members are cautioned that the play includes strong language and emotional content that may not be appropriate for children.
Martin Methodist College, founded in 1870, is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Martin Methodist offers baccalaureate degrees in 39 programs of study that include English, religious studies, music and dramatic arts, mathematics and natural sciences to business, social sciences, education, criminal justice, and nursing. Still changing lives after 150 years.