Directed by Hassan El-Amin
A free audio presentation by the Resident Ensemble Players, in partnership with WVUD 91.3 FM.
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.