In the writing and portrayal of the character of Leo Frank, are we meant at any time to suspect that he might have committed the crimes he’s accused of and then convicted, and if so why?
Why did the creators choose to insert the chain gang scene that so powerfully grabbed the audience’s attention in the second half? And why did the director choose to end the play with the symbolic image of Leo Frank’s hanging with the African-American performers also stepping up onto the hanging “block?”
Is this show essentially a “love story” as Keegan markets it? A show about the unequal treatment of African Americans in the shadow of the more publicized “lynching” of a Jewish man? Or a show that reveals white Southern humiliation by the loss of the Civil War and the anger all around that continues to fuel our conversation?
Why do you suppose the creative team chose to amplify all the singing in the show in such an intimate space and how did this affect your experience of the performance?