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Baldwin and Buckley at Cambridge

by Elevator Repair Service
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Thu, Apr 15 / 7:30 pm
TICKETS: Free

New York-based theatre creatives Elevator Repair Service re-creates this profoundly relevant debate verbatim for this work-in-progress performance.

In 1965 James Baldwin and William F. Buckley, Jr. were invited to The Cambridge University Union to debate the resolution “The American Dream is at the Expense of The American Negro.” The result was a provocative and profoundly relevant confrontation between Baldwin, one of the most powerful figures of the civil rights movement, and Buckley, often considered the father of 20th Century conservatism. Building on the company’s history of working with non-theatrical texts, New York-based theatre creatives Elevator Repair Service re-creates this profoundly relevant debate verbatim for this work-in-progress performance.

Conceived by long-time ERS company member Greig Sargeant in late 2019, the subject of the debate has only become more urgent. Rather than offer a historical reenactment, Baldwin and Buckley at Cambridge, presents the debate as real, presents and of this moment through a starkly simple design and an acting style that eschews impersonation for intimacy. Directed by John Collins.

 

 

 

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Black Cultural CenterFriends of Convos Endowment