Rootsky Productions Presents
The Seat Next to the King
A Play by Steven Elliott Jackson
The time is 1964. Two men looking for sex meet in a public restroom in a Washington, DC, park. One man is white. The other man is black. One man is Walter Jenkins, friend and top aide to President Lyndon B. Johnson. The other man is Bayard Rustin, civil rights organizer and friend of Martin Luther King, Jr. Their homosexuality brings Walter and Bayard together and threatens everything they stand for.
Root Sky Productions was formed in 1997 by Darrell Racine and Dale Lakevold to produce theatre and other arts projects with a cultural and political focus. The company is devoted primarily, but not exclusively, to producing work on Indigenous and Metis subjects.