Playwright Baraka to Appear at Dutchman Event

News   Playwright Baraka to Appear at Dutchman Event Amiri Baraka, the writer of the play Dutchman, will be among the participants in a special talk-back following the Jan. 30 performance of the play, which is currently running at the Cherry Lane Theatre.

Other participants will include Bill Duke, the play's director, along with Billie Allen, Ed Bullins, Michael Bradford, Katori Hall, Woodie King Jr., Nilija Sun and Bridgette Wimberly. Jan. 30 is the same night that the New York Library for the Performing Arts will be taping the show for posterity.

Dulé Hill, of "The West Wing" and the original Broadway cast of Bring in Da Noise, Bring in Da Funk, appears in the revival along with Jennifer Mudge.

Baraka won an Obie Award for the play, which he wrote under the name LeRoi Jones and which went up originally at the Cherry Lane in 1964. In the play, according to a release, "a white woman seduces a naïve, bourgeois black man on the train with terrifying results."

Baraka is also a poet, a novelist, an air force veteran and an academic who taught in the Department of African Studies at SUNY-Stony Brook from 1980 until his retirement in 1999.

Duke has directed such films as "Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit" as well as episodes of TV's "Hill Street Blues." He also appeared in the films "Predator" and "X-Men: The Last Stand." Cherry Lane is located at 38 Commerce Street off Seventh Avenue. For tickets call (212) 989-2020, ext. 21. For more information visit www.cherrylanetheatre.org.