LES DEUX NOIRS:

Notes on Notes of A Native Son

By Psalmayene 24
Directed by Raymond O. Caldwell
Featuring Jeremy Hunter as James Baldwin and James J. Johnson as Richard Wright
At the Atlas Performing Arts Center, Lang Theatre
April 7–27, 2019

ABOUT

A new addition to our Season Four lineup, from Helen Hayes award-winning director and playwright, Psalmayene 24.  Set in the legendary Parisian café Les Deux Magots in 1953, Les Deux Noirs: Notes on Notes of A Native Son reimagines the meeting between Native Son author Richard Wright and essayist/activist James Baldwin. It explores the tension between Baldwin’s searing critiques of Native Son and Wright’s unbridled indignation in response—a confrontation between two mighty African-American artists, with echoes of a present-day rap battle. (Runtime: 65 minutes)

In repertory with

NATIVE SON

By Nambi E. Kelley | Directed by Psalmayene 24

 

DATES

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ACCESSIBILITY

WEEKDAY MATINÉES

ALL PERFORMANCES open captioned

(projected onto the set)

3pm Saturday, April 27

ASL Interpreted Post-Show Discussion

11am Thursday, April 25

(with post-show discussion)

ARTISTS

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Psalmayene 24
Playwright
Raymond O. Caldwell
Director
Jeremy Hunter*
James Baldwin
James J Johnson*
Richard Wright
Musa Gurnis
Ludivine
RJ Pavel
Jean-Claude
Tiffany Quinn
Choreographer
Ethan Sinnott
Set Designer
William Kendall D’Eudenio
Lighting Designer
Amy MacDonald
Costume Designer
Nick Hernandez
Sound Designer
Dylan Uremovich
Projections Designer
Willow Watson
Properties Designer
C. Renee Alexander
Rehearsal Stage Manager
April E. Carter
Production Stage Manager
Isaiah M. Wooden
Dramaturg
Khalid Yaya Long
Dramaturg
 

DISCUSSIONS

3PM SUNDAY, APRIL 14

Creative Team Talkback

Raymond O. Caldwell Director

Ari Roth Founding Artistic Director, Mosaic Theater Company

3PM SUNDAY, APRIL 21 

For Whose Gaze?: From Subject, to Object, Back to Subject Again

Jennie Chaplin PhD Public Historian, Writer/Independent Researcher, Museum Studies Specialist, and Cultural Preservationist

Jez Kline Mosaic Director of Marketing
 

11AM THURSDAY, APRIL 25

Cast Talkback

Victoria Murray Baatin Associate Artistic Director, Mosaic Theater Company

6:30PM THURSDAY, APRIL 25 (AT NEW YORK UNIVERSITY WASHINGTON CENTER) 

Who Gets to Feel Safe? 

Ari Roth Founding Artistic Director, Mosaic Theater Company

Ajmel Quereshi Senior Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense Fund

Stacey L Houston, II Assistant Professor, Criminology, Law & Society, George Mason University

Dr. Maya Cameron Adjunct Professor, Sociology, University of the District of Columbia Community College

NJ Mitchell Theater and Policy Salon Co-Facilitator

8PM THURSDAY, APRIL 25

Baldwin in His Own Words: Kindling a Light in the Darkness of Being

Craig Lanier Allen The George Washington University, American Studies Department

Stephen Stern Mosaic Theater Board Member

3PM SATURDAY, APRIL 27

More Sounds of Resistance: From Blues to Hip-Hop, Part Deux

Maya Cunningham Ethnomusicologist and Cultural Activist

Psalmayene 24 Director and Playwright

Jez Kline Mosaic Director of Marketing

 

NATIVE SONS in PARIS

By Isaiah M. Wooden

The details of what happened when three of the twentieth centuries most significant writers--Richard Wright, James Baldwin, and Chester Himes--gathered at a Parisian café on a spring night in 1953 are not fully known. The differing accounts that the men, all prominent members of Paris's Black expatriate and literary scenes at one time or another, provided in the aftermath of the event have raised questions about the evening's proceedings... 

 

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