For immediate release March 24, 2009
Contact: Jeff Morgan, Jeff.Morgan@iowa.gov, (515) 281-3858
The Old Creamery Theatre presents “Inalienable Rights” March 27
(DES MOINES) – Three landmark Civil Rights court cases in Iowa takes center stage this week when the Old Creamery Theatre presents “Inalienable Rights” at the State Historical Museum.
“Inalienable Rights” will be at 7 p.m., Friday, March 27, 2009, at the State Historical Museum, 600 E. Locust Street in Des Moines. Tickets are $12 and can be ordered by contacting Maureen Korte at firstname.lastname@example.org or 515-281-4132. A cheese and dessert reception will be offered at 6:30 p.m.
“We are very grateful to the Old Creamery Theater for bringing this theatrical production to the State Historical Museum,” said Cyndi Pederson, director of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. “This production is the culmination of a three-year partnership between the museum and the legal community of Iowa to bring more attention to these landmark Civil Rights cases.”
Based on a play by Dr. Roxann Ryan and adapted by playwright Cynthia Mercati, “Inalienable Rights” tells the story of three landmark civil rights court cases in Iowa: Clark v. Board of Directors (1868); Coger v. NW Union Packet Co. (1873) and Griffin v. Katz Drug (1949) – and the actions that led to the suits.
In the play, the Old Creamery Theatre Company brings the past to life to teach about the injustice of segregation, Jim Crow laws, and how powerfully-minded women stood up for their rights.
After the performance, the audience will hear comments from:
“Inalienable Rights” is sponsored by:
The State Historical Society of Iowa is a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and is a trustee of Iowa's historical legacy and an advocate for understanding Iowa's past. It identifies, records, collects, preserves, manages and provides access to Iowa's historical resources. Its dual mission of preservation and education serves Iowans of all ages, conducts and stimulates research, disseminates information, and encourages and supports historical preservation and education efforts of others throughout the state. Visit www.iowahistory.org or call 515-281-5111 for more information.