The Amen Corner
The Life and Legacy of James Baldwin
February 25, 2020
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. EST
Location: Copley Hall Copley Formal Lounge Map
James Baldwin’s play The Amen Corner tackles the role of the church in the black community. Baldwin, author of the breakthrough novel Go Tell It on the Mountain, was active in the Civil Rights Movement and explored themes of race, religion, sexuality, and class in his many acclaimed novels, short stories, and plays. The Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C., is running a production of The Amen Corner from February 11 to March 15, 2020, directed by Whitney White, winner of the Susan Stroman Director Award.
In this conversation, Drew Lichtenberg, literary manager at Shakespeare Theatre Company, was joined by Josiah Ulysses Young III, professor of systematic theology at Wesley Theological Seminary, and Soyica Colbert, chair of the Department of Performing Arts and director of the Theater and Performance Studies program at Georgetown University, to explore James Baldwin’s life, legacy, and influence on theater. Berkley Center Senior Research Fellow Terrence Johnson served as a discussant and moderator.
Lunch was served.
The first 30 students to arrive at the event and present a valid GU ID received one FREE ticket to The Amen Corner showing at the Shakespeare Theater Company on Saturday, February 29 at 8:00 p.m.
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Berkley Center Senior Research Fellow Terrence L. Johnson offers opening remarks.
Josiah Ulysses Young III describes how James Baldwin found the vernacular language of "The Amen Corner."
Soyica Colbert describes how Baldwin portrays women's leadership in the play.
Drew Lichtenberg shares how the play impacted the way Shakespeare Theatre Company approaches classical theater.