Freedom Riders


Freedom Riders
An Engaging Look at the Civil Rights Movement!
By Tom Quinn
Produced by special arrangement by Eldridge Plays and Musicals
Originally performed by the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia

AVAILABLE DATES: January 22, 2019 – May 17, 2019

Freedom Riders is set in 1961 as two young women from Harvard try to decide if they should join the Freedom Rides of the 1960’s. As you travel along you will meet Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, Bobby Kennedy, Theodore Roosevelt, W.E.B. Dubois and many others who fought both for and against our nation’s struggle for Civil Rights. Experience sit-ins and lunch counters and the dark days of Jim Crow. Learn the history as four performers bring this struggle alive through the words of historical figures, songs, and recreations. The struggle for Freedom is the struggle of all Americans to accept our differences and celebrate the triumph of freedom. The Freedom Riders helped show America the way and can inspire young people today to see the value of freedom and the courage it takes to make a difference.

Curriculum Connections:

  • AL Academic Standards: Arts and Humanities; Civics and Government; History.
  • Examines key contributions of individuals and groups during America’s Civil Rights Movement.
  • Discusses issues of racial equality and political activism.
  • US history; historical analysis and skills development; rights and responsibilities of citizenship; violence prevention.
  • Historical and cultural contexts; conflict and cooperation among groups; speeches and writings that impact civic life.
  • Ideal for Black History Month or Diversity Awareness.


Cost: $400 per show/ $600 for two shows back-to-back. For schools outside of Madison County, additional travel rates may apply. Please call for details.

Audience: Maximum audience size is 250.

Reduced Fees: Schools in need may be granted special fees. Please contact us for more information.

Length: Programs are approximately 60 minutes and include a question and answer session after the show.

At your School: We can use any space and will bring everything with us!

Study Guides: Our touring shows have accompanying study guide materials at no additional cost and are ELA Common Core Learning/ALCOS Standards

Download the Freedom Riders Study Guide


Candice Cooper, Education Director, 256-539-6829,