In 1970, two towering personalities of the American intelligentsia: black author 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: playwright Anna Deavere Smith and legendary choreographer Donald Byrd re-imagine this monumental moment in history with a genre-obliterating evening of “theater for the 21st century.” In this groundbreaking production, the world-renowned dancers of Spectrum Dance Theater join actors Julie Briskman and Donald Byrd to excavate truths buried in this cultural artifact.
This program is made possible in part by:
Grynberg Family Endowment for Dance Programming
L. Roger and Meredith Hutson
The New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project
with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation