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DUTCHMAN

Written by LeRoi Jones / Amiri Baraka
Directed by Ralph Remington
October 4-19, 2019
$25 / $10 Previews

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Appropriate for Mature Audiences (17+). No infants.

Dutchman, is a 1960s drama about a white woman and a young black man on a New York subway train who match wits in a sexualized game of cat and mouse that leads them headlong 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

Cast

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"Lula"
Shae Kennedy Leonard 

 

 

 

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"Clay"
Calvin Worthen 

 

 

 

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"Conductor"
Cornelius Williams 

 

 

 


Engagement Activities

All events are FREE unless noted

Opening Night Post Show Reception
Friday, Oct 11 | directly following performance | TCA Lounge
You're invited to meet and greet the Director and cast of Dutchman and enjoy complimentary light refreshments directly following the opening night performance.

Revolutionary Theatre
Performance and Discussion with Rashaad Thomas
Saturday, Oct 12 | 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm | TCA Gallery
Join "Corner Preacher" Rashaad Thomas for a short performance and brief discussion before the play. The topic is "Revolutionary Theatre." Can the black aesthetic please the white gaze? We will address this question, provide information about the playwright, the time period when the play was first performed, and nationalism.

National Black Poetry Day of Celebration
Presented with L!VE POET!C and Black Poet Ventures
Thursday, Oct 17 | 6:00 - 7:30 pm | TCA Lobby
This celebration highlights the contributions of Black Poets who have enhanced and enriched the lives of individuals, families, communities, and our entire nation. 

National Black Poetry Day is in honor of Jupiter Hammon, the first African-American to publish poetry in the United States. In honor of his birth (Oct. 17, 1711), we celebrate the contributions of all African-Americans to the world of poetry during an engaging reception and tribute to the Valley's black poets as well as Amiri Baraka, poet and writer of Dutchman.

 

ABOUT THE WRITER

Amiri Baraka - black & white headshotLeRoi 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.