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Event Series Event Series: The Amen Corner by James Baldwin

The Amen Corner by James Baldwin

March 17 @ 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm

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Dillard Theatre is proud and excited to bring James Baldwin’s The Amen Corner to our stage to showcase not only a great African American Playwright, but also to showcase the exceptional talents of our Theatre Majors. Providing our Performance and Technical Theatre Majors with artistic challenges that will stretch their talent and expand their skills is a basic goal of our program. And The Amen Corner is a play that challenges both our performers and our design crew. A play in three-acts, The Amen Corner was Baldwin’s first work for the stage following the success of his novel, Go Tell it on the Mountain. Juanita Moore, a black American film, TV, and stage actress, who was a friend of both Marlon Brando and James Baldwin,
asked Brando to lend Baldwin $75 to write The Amen Corner and the drama was first published in 1954. It also inspired a short-lived 1983 Broadway musical adaptation. The Original Cambridge Players took a Los Angeles premiere of James Baldwin’s The Amen Corner to Broadway at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre 1965.

Vocally arresting, sensitive and hard hitting, this play cries out to audiences then and now to hear the voice of the African American in 1950’s Harlem. It is a voice built from the phrases and cadences of Gospel faith. Sister Margaret is the local pastor, much admired by her congregation for the strength of her personality and her faith. Margaret must confront the ruptures in her family and subsequently in her church brought on by her faith and self-righteous certainty. The Amen Corner is a play which compels the audience to consider the private tragedies of poverty and subjugation and is the corner stone of Baldwin’s reputation as a Civil Rights forerunner.

To purchase tickets for The Amen Corner play, please call the Dillard Theatre Box Office at 504-816-4857 or  download the HomeTown Ticketing App to order online >>

March 8, 9, 15, 16
7:30 p.m.

March 10, 17
3 p.m.

Samuel Dubois Cook Fine Arts and Communications Center

Purchase Tickets:

Call – 504-816-4857 or download the HomeTown Ticketing App to order online >>


March 17
3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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