The Dutchman directed by Dr. Tawnya Pettiford-Wates
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by LeRoi Jones [Amiri Baraka] Direction by Dr. Tawnya Pettiford-Wates May 14 – June 6
Dutchman is an emotionally charged and highly symbolic version of the Adam and Eve story, wherein a naive bourgeois black man is met by a calculating white seductress, who is coldly preparing for her next victim. The emotionally taut, intellectual verbal fencing between Clay (the black Adam) and Lula (a white Eve) spirals irrevocably to the symbolic act of violence that will apparently repeat itself over and over again. When LeRoi Jones (aka Amiri Baraka) wrote this controversial play in 1964, it was a sensation and it remains a ritual drama that has a sociological purpose: to galvanize his audience into revolutionary action. Winner of the 1964 Obie Award for Best American Play.