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Are You Now or Have You Ever Been...

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Written and Conceived by Carlyle Brown

American Flag and Langston Hughes

Directed by Hassan El-Amin

March, 1953. During the height of McCarthyism, Langston Hughes — an established voice, author, and poet of the Black community — has been called before the infamous Subcommittee on Investigations on Un-American Activities to answer questions about perceived Communist influences in his writing. 

On the eve of his testimony, Hughes grapples with his own fears, beliefs, and demons as he attempts to put his thoughts to paper in a new poem. Playwright Carlyle Brown’s fictional portrayal of this moment in history is an all too relevant and unflinching look at the delicate power balance between politics and art; their inescapable, codependent relationship; and the very real damage false accusations and fake news can wreak. 

A free audio presentation by the Resident Ensemble Players, in partnership with WVUD 91.3 FM.

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ARE YOU NOW OR HAVE YOU EVER BEEN… is produced by special arrangement with BRET ADAMS, LTD., 448 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036.

A Carlyle Brown & Company Production

First presented at the Guthrie Theatre’s Dowling Studio in 2012

Poems by Langston Hughes.

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Are You Now... will be broadcast on WVUD 91.3 FM on Friday, Nov. 13 @ 7:00PM and again on Sunday, Nov. 15 @ 10:00 PM and will also be available on at these times.

Are You Now... will be available on our website through Sunday, Nov. 22nd.

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REP productions are supported, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.  The Division promotes Delaware arts events on

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