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Dutchman

February 5 - March 8, 2015    •    Written by Amiri Baraka    •     Directed by Woodie King, Jr.
A Production of Woodie King Jr.'s New Federal Theatre in association with the Castillo Theatre

The title Dutchman is an allusion to The Dutch East India Company, the most renowned slave ship company of the 17th century, whose flagship for the voyages between West Africa and America, tradition says, was named Flying Dutchman. The literary legend is The Flying Dutchman in which the central character is ever in pursuit of prey that can never be caught. This production will include the music of Wagner's The Flying Dutchman. Experimental, allegorical and angry, Dutchman is set on a New York City subway train, where Lula, a young white woman, strikes up a conversation with Clay, a young middle-class black man. As the play unspools, she goads him, with liberal righteousness, into releasing the anger that, as a black man, he must surely be harboring.


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Most Dangerous Man in America (W.E.B Du Bois)

May 28 - June 28, 2015     •   Written by Amiri Baraka  •  Directed by Woodie King, Jr.
A Production of Woodie King Jr.'s New Federal Theatre in association with the Castillo Theatre

New Federal and Castillo will be presenting Most Dangerous Man in America (W.E.B. Du Bois), the final play written by the great Amiri Baraka. The play focuses on the later years of scholar and activist W.E.B. Du Bois when he was attacked by the FBI as an "agent of a foreign power" for his advocacy of peace and his opposition to nuclear weapons.

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There is now a Kickstarter campaign underway to support the production. Read the Huffington post piece by Peter "Souleo" Wright on why the campaign is worth supporting here.