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.
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
THE PORTRAIT OF REDEMPTION
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
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.
For booking and more information regarding student matinees, contact Paola Kubelis, Education
& Outreach Coordinator, at
(858) 550-1070 x101 or by email at