Skin Deep: The Story of Martin Luther King

by  John McTavish, Judith Brocklehurst

Short Play, Drama  /  4m, 4f, 1boy(s) or girl(s)

"A powerful, affecting and haunting reminder of the non-violent struggles to overcome prejudice and racism that continue to affect us even today...This play deserves to be seen again and again." - Robin Mautner


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Skin Deep: The Story of Martin Luther King

by  John McTavish Judith Brocklehurst

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Skin Deep: The Story of Martin Luther King

  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 4f, 1boy(s) or girl(s)
  • Duration

    Duration

    30 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Period, Docudrama/Historic, Faith-based
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

Simple, easy to produce, and yet an electrifying dramatization of the main events in Martin Luther King's life as leader of the American Civil Rights movement. Skin Deep illumines the attitudes of white racists without mocking them, and highlights the challenge of black activists to remain non-violent.
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Reviews

"A powerful, affecting and haunting reminder of the non-violent struggles to overcome prejudice and racism that continue to affect us even today...This play deserves to be seen again and again." - Robin Mautner

"Was in tears at the end, as were many around me." - Georgina Gregory

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Jr High/Primary
  • High School/Secondary
  • Community Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
  • Church / Religious Groups

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1950s, 1940s / WWII, 1930s
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Additional Features: No intermission, Play w/ Music
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

4m, 4f, 1boy(s) or girl(s)
Black Characters:
MARTIN
DANIEL
CORETTA
ROSA
YOUNG GIRL ( OR BOY ) SINGER

White Characters:
MAUREEN
ALMA
REG
BO
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Cast Attributes

  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Features Children
  • Multicultural casting

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Authors

John McTavish

John McTavish, co-author of Skin Deep: The Story of Martin Luther King, has also edited three collections of short religious plays that are ideal for school assemblies and church worship services.< ...

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Judith Brocklehurst

Judith Brocklehurst

SKIN DEEP was originally produced in a church in Kitchener, Ontario in 1985. Martin Luther King’s eldest daughter, Yolanda, was present for the occasion and later addressed a city-wide ecumenical gathering.

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