by LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka
February 29 – March 3, 2024
Truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see, Dutchman is an emotionally charged and highly symbolic version of the Adam and Eve story, wherein a naive bourgeois Black man is murdered by an insane and calculating white seductress, who is coldly preparing for her next victim as the curtain comes down. The emotionally taut, intellectual verbal fencing between Clay (a Black Adam) and Lula (a white Eve) spirals irrevocably to the symbolic act of violence that will apparently repeat itself over and over again. Baraka’s play is one of mythical proportions, a ritual drama that has a sociological purpose: to galvanize his audience into revolutionary action.
Please note that this play includes language and situations that may be triggering.
CONTENT WARNING: Adult Themes and Simulated Violence
The February 29th performance of Dutchman will feature ASL interpretation.
February 29 – March 3, 2024 in the Nelda K. Balch Playhouse, 129 Thompson St. on Kalamazoo College’s campus.
Dutchman is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel J. French, Inc. www.concordtheatricals.com
This performance is made possible with support from Theatre Kalamazoo and the James Gilmore Foundation.
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