ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — St. Petersburg's American Stage is a theater company that's unafraid to provoke deep conversation and debate.
And its latest production, a modern staging of Amiri Baraka's 1964 powderkeg "Dutchman," written during the height of the Civil Rights movement, packs a true emotional wallop.
Starring Adebowale Adebiyi and Shannon Mary Keegan as combative riders on an NYC subway car — clever staging that also morphs into a ghostly slave ship — the material explodes in a jarring finale.
This is race relations "on steroids," said Shannon. "American Stage has a very interesting audience that benefits greatly from this kind of discussion."
"I hope all audiences — of all ages, races — can see both sides, so we understand why [Amiri Baraka] wrote the play and why it's still important in 2022," said Adebowale.
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