Event: Pollyanna Theatre’s Liberty! Equality! and Fireworks!


Reviving its highly successful inaugural run in 2014, Pollyanna Theatre is once again partnering with the LBJ Presidential Library and Museum on a special production for children and families about Civil Rights.  Liberty! Equality! And Fireworks! by Gregory S. Perrin, is FREE of charge and open to the public for one performance only on Saturday, February 20th at 2:00 pm at the LBJ Library Auditorium.

The play, set in a history museum where the characters, a group of 4th grade students, (portrayed by adult professional actors) experience key elements of our national history when iconic images from that period come to life. These characters entertain and enlighten; taking children on a fascinating journey through history.  Liberty! Equality! And Fireworks! was written as a commission by award-winning playwright Gregory Perrin for Pollyanna Theatre Company.

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The unique partnership between Pollyanna Theatre and LBJ Library was sparked in 2014 after Judy Matetzschk-Campbell, Founder and Artistic Director of Pollyanna Theatre Company and Gregory were invited to a Civil Rights Summit in 2014 at the Library, attended by President Obama and former Presidents Carter and Clinton. Judy ended up sitting next to an avid Civil Rights advocate also dedicated to education; Dr. Bernice King – youngest child of the late Dr. Martin Luther King. Pollyanna later received an invitation to perform in the LBJ Auditorium from Mark Updegrove, Director of the LBJ Library and Museum who saw the original production and participated in the post-show talkback.

The LBJ Library’s Education Department helped create educational resources to accompany the show, which are available free of charge, online and in print for all adults who attend the production. The materials explore the Civil Rights Movement and include recommendations on how to navigate children through this very important topic.


What: Liberty! Equality! And Fireworks! by Gregory S. Perrin

When: Saturday, February 20 at 2:00 pm

Where: LBJ Library Auditorium on the UT campus, 2313 Red River St, Austin, TX 78705


For more information on Liberty! Equality! And Fireworks! or Pollyanna Theatre Company, visit www.pollyannatheatrecompany.org.

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