‘Coeur d’Alene” opened at Northland Pioneer College in Snowflake, Ariz., last week, with former Coeur d’Alene Mayor Steve Judy in the audience. Never heard of the play? Well, neither had Huckleberries until a blog reader sent a link. Dramatist Lisa Jayne’s play explores the conflicting issues faced by Judy and the community in 1998 when the Aryan Nations requested a parade permit to goose-step along Coeur d’Alene’s Sherman Avenue – free speech rights versus confronting religious and racial bigotry. That year human-rights activists turned “lemons into lemonade,” after the permit was granted, by raising money via pledges for every minute that the racists marched ($35,000 for 27 minutes). The play comes with a warning: “The play contains mature themes and language that may be unsuitable for children.” It’ll be interesting to see if “Coeur d’Alene” ever plays in Coeur d’Alene/DFO, Sunday SR Huckleberries. More here.
Other weekend SR columns:
- Parenting is unique, not cooperative/Jill Barville
- Ridpath Hotel on road to new beginning/Shawn Vestal
- Seahawk victory worth raising one eyebrow/John Blanchette
- Slice: Wise 5YO knows when to stick his neck out/Paul Turner
- Outdoors: Hunters hone skills at shooting ranges/Rich Landers
- Webster set to lead Civic Theatre's 'Les Miserables'/Jim Kershner
- Eye on Boise: Sens. Crapo, Risch to host online townhalls/Betsy Russell
Question: Do you remember the 1998 "Lemons to Lemonade" campaign of human rights activists?