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Theater J at Edlavitch DCJCC
1529 Sixteenth Street, NW Washington, DC 20036
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"The Hampton Years"
45 ratings
4.0 average rating
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27 reviews
23 stars
attended Jun 14 2013

Great performances by all actors

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19 reviews
28 stars
attended Jun 15 2013

Gold star experience - super.
Play not so good.

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5 reviews
12 stars
attended Jun 09 2013

I thought the play was wonderful, very moving, entertaining while educating. Because I know people who went to Hampton and a bit of the history of HBCUs, I found much truth and "reality" in the show. I plan on seeing it again with my daughter or...continued

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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.