The Seat Next to the King

April 1, 2018|
The Seat Next to the King by Steven Elliott Jackson
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In 1964, a white man walks into a public restroom in a Washington, DC park looking for sex. The next man who enters is a black man.

The Seat Next to the King explores the lives of two men who literally sat next to the most powerful men in America. Bayard Rustin, a friend to Martin Luther King Jr. and the organizer of the March on Washington, and Walter Jenkins, top aide and friend to President Lyndon Johnson, meet in that restroom, although neither knows the other's identity yet. Each is a symbol of hope and change in 1964, and each is conflicted about his sexuality.

The two men move to a motel on the outskirts of the park, where they begin to confide in each other, a revealing of their lives which evolves into an intimate evening of release.

They won't see each other again for eighteen years, when they meet by chance -- in another restroom -- near the end of their lives, during an era when the hope of a better world has vanished.

Steven Elliott Jackson is an award-winning playwright and artistic director of Minmar Gaslight Productions and its family theatre company, 3 Little Bears Productions with his partner Todd Davies and Stephen English. His play The Seat Next to the King won Best New Play and Patron''s Pick at The Toronto Fringe in 2017 and his play The St...
Title:The Seat Next to the King
Product dimensions:60 pages, 8.4 X 5.4 X 0.2 in
Shipping dimensions:60 pages, 8.4 X 5.4 X 0.2 in
Published:April 1, 2018
Publisher:J. Gordon Shillingford Publishing
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781927922415

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