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Cry to the world/That all might understand:/I was once a black clown/But now—/I’m a man! Fusing vaudeville, gospel, opera, jazz, and spirituals, The Black Clown brings Langston Hughes’s famed 1931 poem to life in a stunning new music-theater piece. Powerful and prescient, the experience of a Black man’s resilience against a legacy of oppression unfolds, featuring baritone Davóne Tines in the title role. He’s joined by an ensemble of 12 and a chamber orchestra performing a vibrant score by Michael Schachter.
“Pure poetry… The cast spun, stomped, and soared through songs of joy, grief, and rage.”– Boston Globe
“Powerful, stunning, and brilliantly innovative.”– Edge Boston
“[A] singer of immense power and fervor.”– Los Angeles Times on Davóne Tines
For ticketing information and general questions, please call 212.721.6500.
July 24–27, 2019 Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College
Adapted from the Langston Hughes poem by Davóne Tines & Michael Schachter
Music by Michael Schachter
Zack Winokur, director
Davóne Tines (The Black Clown)
Jaret Landon, music supervisor
Chanel DaSilva, choreographer
Carlos Soto, set and costume designer
John Torres, lighting designer
Kai Harada, sound designer
Performance length: 70 minutes, no intermission
A production of American Repertory Theater at Harvard University
With the kind cooperation of the Estate of Langston Hughes
Major endowment support for contemporary dance and theater is provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.