The Hampton Years: Premiere of New Play From Theater J
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The last date listed for The Hampton Years was Sunday June 30, 2013 / 7:30pm.
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When a Commedia dell'Arte theater troupe in 17th-century France is bedeviled by a royal decree… More
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Featured review from Laura UngerRed Velvet
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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.
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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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“[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.
About the Ticket Supplier: Theater J
Theater J has emerged as one of the most distinctive, progressive and respected Jewish theaters in North America by virtue of its ambitious range of programming and the bold, imaginative artistry of its playwrights, directors, designers and actors. A program of the Washington DC Jewish Community Center, Theater J works in frequent collaboration with other components of the Washington DCJCC’s Morris Cafritz Center for the Arts: the Washington Jewish Film Festival, and the Literary and Music Department.