Jacqueline Lawton’s The Hampton Years explores the relationship between art professor Viktor Lowenfeld and his students, John Biggers and Samella Lewis. The commissioned work underwent 4 major drafts before its first airing Monday night in the Aaron and Cecile Goldman Theater. What revelation and what a break through! It’s a play about being black and being an artist, being a Jewish refugee and pouring one’s love of art into one’s teaching. It’s about artists wishing each other well even as competition becomes inevitable. It’s a play about power and student activism during wartime written with generosity and little rancor. It’s a play about art history that speaks to our moment.
Let’s hear from more students from the Universities of Michigan, California at Berkeley, and Notre Dame, all in DC for the semester doing internships on Capital Hill by day, and taking a political theater elective course once a week at night. Attending the Locally Grown Festival readings is one of the extra assignments. Let’s see how this struck them… and you!
Theater J's 2012-2013 season, “THIS IS WHO WE ARE: Beginnings, Belonging, Becoming & Breaking Through,” a line-up of eight shows charting the drama of finding one's calling, one's voice, and the negotiation of race and identity in a changing world..
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