The Highwaymen

By Josh Wilder
Directed by Jamil Jude

February 4–February 26, 2017

 

Note: There is adult language in this play, parental discretion advised for children under 16.

1956. The construction of Interstate 94 destroyed the thriving, tight-knit Rondo neighborhood where homes, stores and businesses once stood. The new freeway tore through the heart of St. Paul’s largest African-American community. This powerful new drama explores the dynamics surrounding the decision-making process that shattered the lives of thousands of middle-class residents and changed the face of St. Paul forever.

Did You Know?
The Federal Aid Highway Act authorized and apportioned among several states $1.2 million (1957); $850 million (1958); $878 million (1959).

Special Events

Afterthoughts. Free for ticketed patrons. A lively post show talk after Sunday matinees.

  • February 5 – From Page to Stage Director Jamil Jude and Playwright Josh Wilder
  • February 12 – Road to 94 Commissioner of Transportation Charles Zelle and Marvin Anderson, co-founder Rondo Ave. Inc. and former Minnesota State Law Librarian
  • February 19 – Behind the Scenes Cast of The Highwaymen
  • February 26 – Keeping Rondo Alive Author Frank White, Old Rondo resident,  Community Advocate

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