DUTCHMAN by Amiri Baraka aka Leroi Jones

Wednesday, March 2, 2011 - 20:30

Dutchman by Amiri Baraka received a special place in American history when first presented in 1960s New York. It coincided with the escalation of the civil rights movement and made Baraka renowned, respected and hated by some. Baraka used writing as a weapon of action to inform and spur change in the black community and America during a time of rebirth and the fight for civil rights. This historical production, touring across Montreal during Black History Month, is presented March 2nd to March 6th 2011 at Theatre St. Catherine.

Dutchman is directed by Tyrone Benskin and starring Craig Thomas and Leigh Ann Taylor. Trapped in the confines of a claustrophobic metro car "in the flying underbelly of the city" a young Black man’s self and values are challenged by a White woman who has more on her mind than conversation. The characters' head-on encounter drives them to a climax that leaves the audience breathless and asking the question “how did this happen?” Dutchman tackles provocative subject matter through the use of powerful text interwoven with captivating physicality.

Black Theatre Workshop, as the oldest African Canadian theatre company stands strong in its commitment to bringing all Canadians the enlightening and profound and entertaining stories that come from African Canadians throughout this country we share. Come celebrate the old and be a part of the new with Black Theatre Workshop.