The Black Clown
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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



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The Black Clown & Cast Party

Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at 9:00 pm Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College

Ticket includes admission to the cast party following the performance.

7:30 pm Performance
9:00 pm Cast Party

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