Haunted by Birmingham


One of my favorite quotes comes from Martin Luther King Jr.'s Stride Toward Freedom: "He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it." This theme is central to BapBomb, a Stageworks/Gorilla Theatre world premiere about a lawyer who may have had advance knowledge of the Ku Klux Klan's plans to bomb a Birmingham, Ala., Baptist church in 1963. (BapBomb was the FBI code name for the bombing, which killed four African-American girls.) Tampa resident and BapBomb author Hubert Grissom knows whereof he writes: He was a college student in Birmingham at the time of the bombing and went on to work for a local law firm. The play, billed as a "dramedy," features celebrated local actor Steven Pachosa. Jan. 11-28, 7 p.m. Thurs., 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 3 p.m. Sun., Gorilla Theatre, 4419 N. Hubert Ave., Tampa, $20-25 adults/$15-20 seniors and students, 813-879-2914, stageworkstheater.com.

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