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Theater J at the Edlavitch DCJCC
1529 Sixteenth Street, NW Washington, DC 20036
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4.0 / 5 Rated by 46 members
Review from Laura Unger
Red Velvet 135 events 43 reviews

The play tried to handle too many issues - education, racism, sexism, red baiting, war, art criticism and the role of art in society... However it was well acted and engaging and did raise some interesting questions. Definitely worth checking out.

reviewed Jun 09 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from Juanita Newell
Red Velvet 42 events 27 reviews

Great performances by all actors

reviewed Jun 14 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from Jane Jasper
Red Velvet 88 events 21 reviews

Gold star experience - super.
Play not so good.

reviewed Jun 15 2013 report as inappropriate
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Quotes & Highlights

“[Lawton writes] like a stew, with tasty ingredients chopped and swirling in a bubbly cauldron” – DC Theatre Scene


By Jacqueline E. Lawton 

World premiere commissioned by Theater J and part of Locally Grown: Community Supported Art

Directed by Shirley Serotsky

Featuring Edward Christian, Crashonda Edwards, Lolita-Marie, Julian Martinez, Sasha Olinick, Colin Smith and David Lamont Wilson

Emerging from Theater J’s inaugural Locally Grown Festival, this breakthrough premiere explores the development of great African-American artists, John Biggers and Samella Lewis under the tutelage of Austrian Jewish refugee painter and educator, Viktor Lowenfeld. Focusing on the pivotal years at Hampton Institute, Virginia during WWII, this richly researched tapestry of African-American luminaries like Elizabeth Catlett reveals the dreams and travails of young artists in a still segregated society while examining the impact of World War II on a Jewish immigrant and his wife finding shelter in the US and his controversial influence in shaping the careers of African-American students.

The running time of this show is two hours and 10 minutes.

Recommended for those age 14 and older. Children 5 and under are not permitted in the theater.

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