“Dutchman” is a short, but controversial, influential, and racially- and psychologically-charged play written by Amiri Baraka, aka LeRoi Jones. As noted in Encyclopedia Britannica, “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 1960s. The play won an Obie Award as best American Off-Broadway play of 1964.” One could wish we were past this racism, and this play could just be tossed into history books. However, it is still absolutely timely, and a useful tool to shine light on the disparity between those of lighter skin and those of darker skin, and what value is placed on each in today’s society. Orange Theatre Co. in Amsterdam has decided to wrangle the subject, and has requested Ia Ensterä to join as the set designer. She has worked with the director, Rocky Hopson, in the past in Austin, TX. This was her first time working with Orange Theatre Co. and in Amsterdam.
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