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Watch Now - Al Freeman Jr. In LeRoi Jones' 'Dutchman' (Black Man's Neuroses)

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act August 10, 2012 at 6:25PM

In light of Al Freeman Jr.'s death (please see the post immediately underneath this one)...
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Dutchman

In light of Al Freeman Jr.'s death (please see the post immediately underneath this one)...

Made in 1967, Dutchman is the filmed version of Amiri Baraka’s (he was LeRoi Jones when he wrote it) controversial one-act stage play. It won the Obie Award for best off-Broadway play, thrusting Baraka into the limelight.

It stars Al Freeman Jr. & Shirley Knight.

The story: A sinister, neurotic, lascivious white girl, Lula, lures to his doom, a young black man, Clay - a stranger she picks up in the subway. The man, who, at first, sees no reason to resist the girl's advances, realizes too late that he is being used by her. He then drops his so-called "white" disguise, and launches into a counter-attack against the girl, and at whites in general, leading to its haunting, shocking conclusion.

To say much more would be to spoil it for those who haven't seen it.

Originally a 1964 off-Broadway play which both Freeman Jr. and Knight also starred in, Dutchman (the stage version) initially played to primarily white audiences, until Baraka moved it to a Harlem theater that he founded, in order to reach, and to educate his intended black audience. It was the last play produced by Baraka under his birth name, LeRoi Jones.

At the time, Jones/Baraka was in the process of divorcing his white Jewish wife and embracing Black Nationalism. It certainly shows.

Freeman Jr's performance was lauded. The play itself won an Obie Award.

Dutchman would later be adapted for the screen, with Freeman Jr. and Knight reprising their roles - a film we've featured on this site on more than one occasion, and will likely feature again shortly, in light of today's news.

And now... Dutchman (It's about an hour long; if you're not at all familiar with the play that the film is based on, I encourage you to watch it all the way to its end to fully appreciate the work):

This article is related to: Al Freeman Jr.


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