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
- Large-print programs
- Braille programs
- Wheelchair-accessible seating
- Assistive listening devices
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