The Seat Next to the King
by Steven Elliott Jackson
Root Sky Productions - Brandon, MB
V.5 - Alloway Hall - Manitoba Museum 
It's 1964. A white man walks into a public restroom in a Washington, DC park. He's looking for sex. Just like the next man to come in, a black man. His name is Bayard Rustin, friend to Martin Luther King, Jr. and civil rights organizer of the March on Washington. The first man is Walter Jenkins, friend and top aide of President Lyndon B. Johnson.
This imagined encounter between two iconic figures of history illuminates issues of sexuality, race and masculinity.
Winner of Best Play at the 2017 Toronto Fringe.

Show Info:
75 Minutes


Coarse Language, Sexual Content, Siren

Fri July 21 8:00 PM
Sat July 22 11:30 AM
Sun July 23 10:00 PM
Tue July 25 3:00 PM
Wed July 26 6:15 PM
Thu July 27 7:45 PM
Sat July 29 11:00 AM
Sun July 30 4:15 PM

The Seat Next to the King

Root Sky Productions—Alloway Hall – Manitoba Museum

From Brandon based Root Sky productions, The Seat Next to the King is a drama focusing on the harassed and paranoid existence of gay men at the height of the Civil rights era, featuring two figures deeply implicated in the political scene of the time. Focusing more heavily on Bayard Rustin, close collaborator of MLK Jr. than Walter Jenkins, aide to the sitting president, the fear of brutal police oppression, both due to homosexuality and deeply racist police, that both men experience is very well explored. Well written and performed, the show is definitely closer to 60 minutes than the listed 75.

If you’re in the mood for a politically charged drama, this is a great choice.

Josh Fidelak