Two Albion College students, Kamara Miller ‘13, and Jordan Burgess ‘13, get the chance to show off their stuff as their productions of “Dutchman” and “The Maids” are performed on Albion’s Herrick Black Box Theater Wednesday April 11 to Saturday April 14. All shows begin at 8 p.m..
In “Dutchman” by Amiri Baraka, a black man and white woman share a subway ride, managing to breach the subjects of sexuality, race, and identity in a darkly lyrical way, which ends in a horrifying twist. In “The Maids” by Jean Genet features two housemaids who construct elaborate rituals concerning the death of their mistress whenever she is away. The focus of their rituals is the plan to eventually murder their mistress and they take turns portraying both sides of the power divide.
"I think Dutchman is one of the most beautiful and poignant pieces of all time”, says director Kamara Miller ‘13. “Although we would like to believe that racial tensions have faded away, recent developments reveal that it has not, and Baraka's most definitive piece shows that what sort of fire could consume us all if we cannot discover what and who we are, both within ourselves and as Americans."
This event is free and open to the public. Due to some of the show's thematic elements, the recommended age for viewers is 16 and older. Tickets for these performances are $2. For more information or to make reservations from off-campus, please call 517-629-0344 or e-mail .