Alan Marshall’s artistic career began in 2011 when he created, produced and wrote the libretto for an opera about the 1963 March on Washington called THE MARCH: A Civil Rights Opera. It was the first opera about the civil rights movement.
Marshall has written several additional dramatic works about the civil rights movement including, Prelude to a Dream, Freedom Summer, The Birmingham Children’s March, Shades of Mississippi, Remembering Medgar Evers, Walkout, among others.
In 2012, Marshall innovated a new theatrical medium he calls “mass meeting performances” to provide his audiences with the most authentic civil rights movement experience. Marshall’s mass meeting performances are interactive productions that feature freedom songs, speeches by the play’s characters, actors embedded within the audience, and scripted drama happening in and around the audience, as well as on-stage.
In August 2013, Marshall’s Prelude to a Dream was workshopped and co-produced by Chicago’s Goodman Theatre for a preview performance prior to it being presented in Washington, D.C. as a featured event during the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.
Marshall has also written and directed traditional plays for the stage, including The Interview: JFK, which premiered at National Pastime Theater in Chicago on November 22, 2013, and Marilyn and Jack, a poignant drama about Marilyn Monroe and JFK, set in the afterlife.
Marshall’s Freedom Summer and Birmingham Children’s March have been produced in over twenty U.S. cities, including Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Houston, Anchorage, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Detroit, Birmingham, Camden, ME, and Portland, OR.
Alan has been profiled in Jet Magazine, among other publications and news outlets, but he is most proud that his civil rights themed productions have been lauded by civil rights movement icons like Representative John Lewis (GA), the late Julian Bond, Joyce Ladner, and SNCC Legacy Project.