In novels including Go Tell It on the Mountain and Another Country, and essay collections such as The Fire Next Time, writer James Baldwin grappled directly with the most painful truths of the African-American experience. By turns gentle and ferocious, personal and political, Baldwin's work addresses not only race but religion, economic disparity, family and the then-taboo subject of gay life. And with Moonlight director Barry Jenkins' new adaptation of If Beale Street Could Talk in theaters this fall, it's clear that Baldwin reflects the beauty and barbarism in American life more than ever.
Working alongside the National Book Foundation in its new initiative, Author in Focus, Selected Shorts honors one of the most influential and groundbreaking writers of our time. The show will feature a wide range of material from Baldwin's seminal works, delivered by a coterie of Shorts actors as well as other Baldwin admirers and enthusiasts.
Peter Jay Sharp Theatre
Expected Run Time is 120 minutes