TCA Presents "Dutchman" by LeRoi Jones / Amiri Baraka
- Date: 10/19/2019 2:00 PM
- Location: Tempe Center for the Arts
700 W. Rio Salado Parkway
Tempe, Arizona 85281
Set on a New York subway, DUTCHMAN, centers on an encounter between a politically moderate, middle-class black man and a liberal white woman who match wits in a sexualized game of cat and mouse that leads them into a violent conclusion. The searing confrontation amplifies the dimensions of racial conflict in America.
“... a 1964 one-act whose flinty racial dialogue can still be counted on to produce sparks, is about white rubbing against black, hope against reality, and languid desire against fervent ambition.”
– The Washington Post
"...a pivotal play not only at a particular juncture in 20th-century American culture but also in Mr. Baraka’s increasingly politicized career." - New York Times "The playwright's Black Nationalist leanings show through in Dutchman's incendiary take on 1960s race relations. This is a subject that never gets old, as evidenced by the audience's vocal reactions to the play's denouement." - nytheatre.com
ABOUT THE WRITER
LeRoi Jones (aka Amiri Baraka) (1934 - 2014) was a poet, writer, political activist and teacher. Born in Newark, New Jersey, he graduated from Howard University in 1953, and published his first major book of poetry, "Preface to a Twenty Volume Suicide Note," in 1961. Jones was also an accomplished playwright. His play "Dutchman" opened off-Broadway and received critical acclaim. In "Dutchman," an encounter between a white woman and a black intellectual exposes the suppressed anger and hostility of American blacks toward the dominant white culture. In 1965, he founded the Black Arts Repertory Theatre in Harlem, and in 1968 LeRoi Jones changed his name to Amiri Baraka in reverence of his Muslim beliefs.