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Dutchman presents a stylized encounter that illustrates hatred between blacks and whites in America as well as the political and psychological conflicts facing black American men in the s. The play won an Obie Award as best American Off-Broadway play of ; it was made into a film in Set in a New York City subway car, the play involves Clay, a young, middle-class black man who is approached seductively by Lula, a white fellow passenger. Lula provokes Clay to anger and finally murders him. Info Print Cite. Submit Feedback.

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Dutchman presents a stylized encounter that illustrates hatred between blacks and whites in America as well as the political and psychological conflicts facing black American men in the s. The play won an Obie Award as best American Off-Broadway play of ; it was made into a film in Set in a New York City subway car, the play involves Clay, a young, middle-class black man who is approached seductively by Lula, a white fellow passenger.

Lula provokes Clay to anger and finally murders him. Info Print Cite. Submit Feedback. Thank you for your feedback. Home Literature Plays. See Article History. Britannica Quiz. Who wrote Life on the Mississippi? Learn More in these related Britannica articles:. His first significant play, Dutchman ; film , which recounted an explosive confrontation on a train between a black intellectual and a white woman who murders him, won the Obie Award for best Off-Broadway American play.

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A Return to Rage, Played Out in Black and White

He was little known outside the studied bohemian precincts of the Greenwich Village poetry scene; but this short, brutal play about the fatal confrontation between a black man and a white woman on a subway made him famous, respected and despised. Edward Albee was among the three producers. It won an Obie. The actress Cicely Tyson was in the audience on opening night. If this is the way even one Negro feels, there is ample cause for guilt as well as alarm, and for a hastening of change.

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In Black and White

The piece dissects the interaction between a black man and a white woman on a New York Subway car. Their conversation escalates throughout the ride, culminating in a violent end. We sat down with Stokes to discuss how representation of race and gender are critical aspects of Dutchman. Before the rehearsal process began, we were talking about Lena Dunham as being a caricature of the modern, white feminist. Despite how much Clay defies stereotypes of what a black man is, he is still treated as though he is not as good as a white man wearing exactly the same outfit.

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The play, which won an Obie Award. Dutchman was the last play produced by Baraka under his birth name, LeRoi Jones. At the time, he was in the process of divorcing his Jewish wife, Hettie Jones , and embracing Black Nationalism. Dutchman may be described as a political allegory depicting black and white relations during the time Baraka wrote it. The action focuses almost exclusively on Lula, a white woman, and Clay, a black man, who both ride the subway in New York City. Clay's name is symbolic of the malleability of black identity and black manhood. It is also symbolic of integrationist and assimilationist ideologies within the contemporary Civil Rights Movement.

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