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Dutchman - Short Play, Drama

Dutchman

LeRoi Jones

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Short Play, Drama

2m, 1f

ISBN: 9780688210847

This is the first of Jones' (aka Amiri Baraka's) successes, and the cause of his critical acclaim. A lascivious blonde tries every vulgar way she knows to pick up and seduce a decent black youth in a subway car. Failing, she resorts to humiliating him. This breaks the facade of his decency, as he descends to her level for a spitfire fight and decrees that murder of the whites by the blacks "would make us all sane." She stabs him and, as other whites dispose of his body, primps for her next Black victim.

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Description

Short Play

Drama

75 Minutes

Settings Of Play - A subway car in New York City. 

FEATURES / CONTAINS

No intermission

Interior Set

CAUTIONS

Strong Language

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

Obie

Winner of the 1964 Obie Award for Best American Play
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 (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. Jones/Baraka's play is one of mythical proportions, a ritual drama that has a sociological purpose: to galvanize his audience into revolutionary action.
"A fierce and blazing talent." - N.Y. Herald Tribune

"...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 
Dutchman premiered at the Cherry Lane Theatre in Greenwich Village, New York in March 1964. 
Characters

CASTING

2m, 1f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Multicultural casting, Room for Extras, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

LULA - An alluring white woman.
CLAY - A polished young black man.
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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Author
LeRoi Jones

LeRoi Jones

LeRoi Jones (aka Amiri Baraka) is a poet, writer, political activist and teacher. He was born in 1934, 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. He founded Totem Press in 1958, which first published works by Kerouac, Ginsberg and other lesser-known writers of the time period ... view full profile

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