KLUCKERS: INDIANA AND THE 1920’S KLU KLUX KLAN

“Kluckers: Indiana and the 1920s Ku Klux Klan”, a play. Tells the true story of Boyd Gurley, editor of the of the Indianapolis times in the 1920’s.  Mr. Gurley, originally an Editor in the local paper in South Bend, wrote a series of editorials which resulted in the Indianapolis Times receiving a Pulitzer Prize in 1928. Under his leadership the newspaper exposed the corruption and political influence of the Ku Klux Klan leading to the decline of the KKK in the state and nationally.  In the absence of the courage and perseverance of Boyd Gurley and the Indianapolis Times the power of the Klan may have continued well beyond when it did.

The play mirrors the Living Newspaper techniques of the Works Progress Administration when plays were used to inform groups about current events.  A lobby display will travel with the play. Following each production, the audience will be led in discussion about the role of the news media, parallels in today’s world, and what we can do as individual citizens.

Conceived, written and directed by Jim Geisel, “Kluckers” will be performed by Tiemen Godwalt in May at Ensemble on the Avenue, 602 E. Mishawaka Avenue in Mishawaka, in June at The History Museum, and subsequently at various venues throughout the region through September.

Set performances are May 19, 20, 21, and 22 at Acting Ensemble and June 3 and 4 at Center for History in South Bend. All performances are at 7:30pm, except for Sunday’s performance, which is at 2:00pm.  Click here for tickets

This play is supported by a Heritage Support Grant which is provided through the Indiana Historical Society and made possible by Lilly Endowment Inc.  Expansion of the play to new venues is also supported by a grant from the St. Joseph County Community Foundation.

Kluckers provides a valuable insight into a piece of Indiana history and is appropriate for all ages.  Audiences may stay after the performance for discussion.

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