James Baldwin: A Soul on Fire

From David Dewitt’s NY Times Review, April 12, 2000

Mr. Simon’s script imagines a 1963 morning before Baldwin and his colleagues — the playwright Lorraine Hansberry, the performer Harry Belafonte and the singer Lena Horne — will meet with Robert F. Kennedy, the United States attorney general. ”What shall I wear to meet the man?” Baldwin coos, echoing the title of one of his most serious and horrific short stories. It’s a disarming reference because Baldwin is so plainly excited; Kennedy, he says, ”is so manly.”

Presented as part of the 1999-00 Season

Play opened April 8, 1999 at the Harry De Jur Playhouse

Artist Credits

Credit Artist Photo
Playwright Howard Simon
Director Chuck Patterson
Stage Manager Jacqui Casto
Set Designer Terry Chandler
Lighting Designer Antoinette Tynes Antoinette Tynes
Costume Designer Anita Ellis
Sound Designer Sean O’Halloran
Props Laura Johnston
Actor Charles Reese
Actor Forest McClendon

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