A landmark fight for justice takes the form of a vaudeville show as poignancy and absurdity collide in the potent Direct from Death Row the Scottsboro Boys. In 1931, nine African-American teens were falsely accused of assaulting two white Alabama women. Through lynch mobs and all-white juries, the Scottsboro Boys fought for their lives for decades. Direct from Death Row imagines them taking to the stage of the Raven Theatre to tell their story through music, magic, a ventriloquist act, skits and soft shoe -- all to capture the tawdry show that their case became.
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