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Writing AppalachiaAn Anthology$
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Katherine Ledford and Theresa Lloyd

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780813178790

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813178790.001.0001

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Junebug Productions and Roadside Theater

Junebug Productions and Roadside Theater

(p.467) Junebug Productions and Roadside Theater
Writing Appalachia
Katherine Ledford, Theresa Lloyd
University Press of Kentucky

Junebug/Jack is a joint theatrical production of Junebug Productions of New Orleans and the Roadside Theater of Whitesburg, Kentucky, professional, community-based theaters whose mission is to speak for the historically marginalized and exploited communities in which they are located.

Junebug Productions was founded in 1963 under the name Southern Free Theater as part of the cultural wing of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), the influential civil rights organization. Roadside Theater was founded in 1975 as a component of Appalshop, a media production company in the Kentucky coalfields that was begun as a youth job-training program in film and a way for Appalachian people to take control of their own story. Junebug and Roadside began performing in each other’s communities in response to an increase in Ku Klux Klan activity in 1981. The companies have also partnered with grassroots theatrical groups such as Teatro Pregones from the Bronx (1993–2018) and, independently, with traditional artists from Native American communities and theater ensembles from the Czech Republic and elsewhere....

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