As recently as the late 1950s, the trial judge in Loving v. Virginia affirmed anti-miscegenation laws, arguing that because God had initially placed the races on separate continents, they were never intended to mix. In her new play Third Crossing, University of Utah law professor and playwright Debora Threedy explores America’s complex history dealing with marriages and other romantic relationships between blacks and whites.
People Productions presents a staged reading of the work, which won the 2010 Fratti-Newman Political Play competition in New York City. Threedy touches on a number of notable legal challenges to interracial relationships in the American south, including the Loving case, but focuses on one of the nation’s most controversial such relationships: the one between Thomas Jefferson and his mixed-race slave/mistress Sally Heming. Join the playwright for post-performance discussions each night and wrestle with the legacy of where America has drawn the lines against love.
People Productions: Third Crossing @ Sorensen Unity Center, 1383 S. 900 West, 801-535-6533, June 22–26, 7:30 p.m., $7-$10. SorensenUnityCenter.com