[Blackstudies-l] Fwd: Amiri Baraka's Dutchman at the Flying Squirrel Community Center

Emilye Crosby crosby at geneseo.edu
Tue Oct 19 18:15:00 EDT 2010


Begin forwarded message:

> From: lima at geneseo.edu
>
> On November 18, 19, and 20th
>
> Many Voices and Maplewood Performing Arts Center present
>
> Dutchman by Amiri Baraka
>
> At The Flying Squirrel Community Center
>
> Dutchman premiered in 1964 in Greenwich Village, and was controversial
> from the
> beginning. Forty six years later, its impact is still powerful and
> unsettling.
> The play forces us to examine our own prejudices and fears, as well  
> as the
> broader societal context.
>
> A seductive white woman Lula, with the provocation of her lovely,  
> half-naked
> body and of her startlingly lascivious speech, lures to his doom a
> good-looking
> young black man Clay, a stranger whom she has picked up in a New  
> York subway
> and whom she mocks for wearing the clothes and employing the voice and
> manners
> of the conventional white intellectual. The man, who, at first  
> seeing no
> reason
> to resist the woman's advances, perceives too late that he is being  
> used
> by her
> and launches a wild and bitter counterattack on her and on the entire
> white race.
>
> A Forum on Racism will immediately follow each performance for  
> discussion and
> questions between audience, community members and cast and director.
> This play is intended for mature audience.
>
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Emilye Crosby
Professor
History Department
1 College Circle
Geneseo, NY 14454
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crosby at geneseo.edu

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