The Seat Next to the King

– Root Sky Productions

It’s 1964. A white man walks into a public restroom in a Washington, DC park. He’s looking for sex. Just like the next man to come in, a black man. His name is Bayard Rustin, friend to Martin Luther King, Jr. and civil rights organizer of the March on Washington. The first man is Walter Jenkins, friend and top aide of President Lyndon B. Johnson.
This imagined encounter between two iconic figures of history illuminates issues of sexuality, race and masculinity.
Winner of Best Play at the 2017 Toronto Fringe.
“A thoughtful, unsettling play about gay politics… with an ending that is true and gut wrenching” – The Slotkin Report

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