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Education & Outreach
Student Matinees

Each season, special student matinees of selected mainstage productions are offered for shows which fall during the school year. To enhance the theatre-going experience, complimentary engagement guides and in-school pre-performance workshops are made available to the schools who attend a student matinee performance.

2015/2016 Season

Blueprints to Freedom: An Ode to Bayard Rustin

World Premiere

Blueprints to Freedom: An Ode to Bayard Rustin

Thursday, October 1, 2015 at 10:30 am

Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre

By Michael Benjamin Washington
Directed by Lucie Tiberghien

Co-production with Kansas City Repertory Theatre


In the sweltering political and racial heat of 1963, Bayard Rustin — the brilliant proponent of non-violent civil disobedience — is assigned to orchestrate an unprecedented march for jobs and freedom. Exiled from the Civil Rights Movement by both internal and external forces, Rustin grapples with his last chance for professional restoration and spiritual redemption.

Blueprints to Freedom was first presented as part of the Playhouse’s DNA New Work Series.

The play closely examines Rustin’s contributions to the civil rights movement during his time as Deputy Director of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The students will witness an inside perspective of the struggles faced by a homosexual man in a racially-divided country who put his personal journey aside in order to organize one of the largest public demonstrations in the history of the United States.

Recommended for high school aged students in grades 10 and up.

» Click here to read the Engagement Guide

For booking and more information regarding student matinees, contact Paola Kubelis, Education & Outreach Coordinator, at
(858) 550-1070 x101 or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .