Photo: Promotional shot from the New Federal Theater’s 2015 run of Dutchman at the Castillo Theatre
Reminder: Last week I posted the directions for the first formal written assignment: a review of the Dutchman play at the Castillo Theatre. You should go see it as soon as possible and take good notes when you do. It costs only $20 for students and has showings Thursdays-Sundays. I strongly recommend seeing it this weekend (before we read it in class), but it runs until March 5th. Don’t wait until the last minute: tickets might sell out! The assignment sheet’s on the Assignments page.
For Thursday February 26th:, we take a sharp turn and read the classic play Dutchman from Amiri Baraka (then named LeRoi Jones). For Tuesday, read only the first half of the book :the play Dutchman. Even though it’s short, you need to read it slowly and carefully.
Pay attention to the following to guide your reading:
We will also have a special guest speaker, Don Ramon of Rutgers University, to facilitate the discussion and present the play.
Watch the following short YouTube video with Baraka discussing the context of the play and some of what influenced him to write it.
Donavan L. Ramon earned his B.A. in English and the Special Honors Curriculum at Hunter College (CUNY), where he was a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow. A specialist in African American Literature, he earned his M.A. in English at Rutgers University in 2012 and is now writing a dissertation that traces a genealogy of twentieth-century narratives of racial passing. Donavan coordinates the African American Graduate Interest Group at Rutgers where he is also a graduate assistant at the Center for Race and Ethnicity and he serves as the Member-at-Large for Diversity with the Northeast Modern Languages Association (NeMLA).