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A Past Becomes a Heritage: The Negro Units of the Federal Theater Project

Autumn Womack, African American Studies, English; Kinohi Nishikawa, English, African American Studies; Arminda Thomas, CLASSIX; Michael Dinwiddie, New York University

March 30, 2021 · 7:30 pm EDT · Zoom

Humanities Council; Lewis Center for the Arts; CLASSIX

The Lewis Center for the Arts launches a partnership with New York City-based CLASSIX, a collective of Black theater artists and scholars dedicated to expanding the classical theater canon through an exploration of dramatic works by Black writers.

The kick-off event, a Humanities Council Magic Project, features recorded readings by professional actors of excerpts of plays written by artists in the New Deal-era Federal Theater Project’s Negro Units, as the units were titled then. The readings serve as a springboard for a panel-led conversation on this moment in Black and theatrical history featuring Princeton Professors Autumn Womack (African American Studies, English) and Kinohi Nishikawa (English, African American Studies).

Free and open to the public; advance Zoom registration required

For more information and Zoom registration, visit: https://arts.princeton.edu/events/play-readings-and-panel-discussion-on-federal-theatre-project-negro-unit/

 

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