Written by LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka
Directed by Anthony J. Hamilton
Dutchman premiered off-Broadway at the Cherry Lane Theatre on March 24, 1964. Directed by Edward Parone, the production featured Robert Hooks and Jennifer West, who won a 1964 Theatre World Award for her performance as Lula.
Thurs.-Sat., Feb. 29-Mar. 2, 7:30pm
Sun., Mar. 3, 2pm.
Nelda K. Balch Playhouse, 129 Thompson St.
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.