Tempe Center for the Arts Opens Season with AZ Premiere of “Dutchman”

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Tempe Center for the Arts kicks off its 2019-20 TCA Presents season with the regional premiere of “DUTCHMAN,” an emotionally fraught and incendiary play, by LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka,
Oct. 4-19, 2019.

Set on a New York subway, “DUTCHMAN,” centers on an encounter between a politically moderate, middle-class black man and a liberal, white woman who match wits in a sexualized game of cat and mouse that leads them into a violent conclusion. The searing confrontation amplifies the dimensions of racial conflict in America.

The play features Shae Kennedy Leonard as “Lula,” Calvin Worthen as “Clay,” and Cornelius Williams as “Conductor.” Ralph Remington, TCA Producing Artistic Director, will direct.

“It’s an honor to bring this work to Arizona audiences,” Remington says. “I hope that it will inspire thoughtful and spirited conversations leading to positive and decisive action.”

The production runs Oct. 4-19, 2019 at Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 w. Rio Salado Pkwy, Tempe, AZ  85281. An Opening Night (Oct. 11 – 7:30 pm) cast reception is free and open to all ticket holders directly following the show. Tickets are $25 ($10 for preview performances Oct. 4-10) and are on sale at tempecenterforthearts.com, the TCA Box Office or by calling (480) 350-2822. 

A listing of all pre-show and post-show play discussions can be found at tempecenterforthearts.com.


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