Spectrum Dance Theater

January 26

7:30pm - 9:00pm

In 1970, two towering personalities of the American intelligentsia, black author and social critic James Baldwin and white anthropologist Margaret Mead, sat together and recorded a conversation on what is arguably the defining subject of the American experience - race. Now over 40 years later two contemporary artistic icons Anna Deavere Smith (best known for her documentary theater style in plays such as "Fires in the Mirror" and "Twilight: Los Angeles") and legendary choreographer Donald Byrd (Tony nominated and Bessie Award Winning Director/Choreographer) re-imagine this monumental moment in history into a genre obliterating an evening of "theater for the 21st Century." In this ground-breaking production featuring the world renowned dancers of Spectrum Dance Theater, actress Julie Briskman as Mead and Donald Byrd as Baldwin, "A Rap on Race" excavates the truths buried in the facts of this cultural artifact.

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