Susan Bro, mother of Heather Heyer, an activist murdered in Charlottesville by a Neo-Nazi White Supremacist this past August, will be speaking as part of a panel discussion.
Presented with support from the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities, the Virginia Stage Company will host the event this evening starting at 9:30pm following its production of The Parchman Hour: Songs and Stories of the ‘61 Freedom Riders. Time will be allotted for questions from the audience.
The panel will be moderated by Charm Bullard — Director of Programs, Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities. Featured guests include Susan Bro, Anthony Stockard — Producing Artistic Director of NSU Theatre Company, Ed Ladd — the first General Manager of MacArthur Center Mall & more recently an active “sit-in” protestor, and the Rev. Constance A. Lew — an ordained preacher and educator.
A co-production with the Norfolk State University Theatre Company, The Parchman Hour tells stories of the pioneers who fought discrimination during the Civil Rights Era, and has been adapted from real life accounts of events in 1961. VSC advises that the play contains racially charged language and scenes of violence and as such is recommended for patrons 13 and older.
Bro has been making appearances all over the state, including recently in September with Dave Matthews, to advance the work of the Heather Heyer Foundation — founded to honor her daughter, a civil rights activist who campaigned for equal rights and tragically lost her life doing so. The Foundation has established a scholarship program to provide financial assistance to individuals passionate about positive social change.
The panel discussion is free and open to the public. Tickets to see the Parchman Hour may be purchased prior to the show. Inquire at the Box Office.
Show starts at 7:30pm. Panel Discussion begins at 9:30.