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This show closed on July 27, 2019

About The Black Clown

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.

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A production of American Repertory Theater at Harvard University with the kind cooperation of the Estate of Langston Hughes

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Run Time

70 minutes, no intermission

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Recommended for ages 14 and up.

Pure poetry… The cast spun, stomped, and soared through songs of joy, grief, and rage.
Boston Globe

Gerald W. Lynch Theater

524 West 59th St, New York, NY 10019

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