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Debate: Baldwin vs Buckley

Opening Date: Mar 04, 2023

Closing Date: May 13, 2023

Running Time: 01:00

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Various addresses New York, NY 00000

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“Is the American Dream at the expense of the American Negro?”

This was the topic on February 18, 1965 when an overflow crowd packed the Cambridge Union in Cambridge, England, to bear witness to a historic televised debate between James Baldwin, the leading literary voice of the civil rights movement, and William F. Buckley Jr., a fierce critic of the movement and America’s most influential conservative intellectual.

The stage was set for an epic confrontation that pitted Baldwin’s call for a moral revolution in race relations against Buckley’s unabashed elitism and implicit commitment to white supremacy. This historic clash reveals the deep roots and lasting legacy of racial conflict that continues to haunt America.

The objective of the american vicarious in restaging this historic debate is not to inhabit such monumental figures as James Baldwin or William F. Buckley, their shoes are too large to fill. Rather, our objective is to simply place their words, which still resonate 55 years later, within the voice of contemporary artists.

Debate: Baldwin vs Buckley is currently on a five borough tour, having played at Brooklyn's Old Stone House and Queens Theatre in fall 2022.
Age Guidance

Age Guidance: 12

Performance Schedule:

Staten Island
SATURDAY, MARCH 4 @ 3 PM & 7:30 PM
Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art
Building C, Staten Island, NY 10301
Includes Post-show Talk-back with company

FRIDAY, MARCH 10 @ 7:30 PM

Harlem Stage
150 Convent Avenue
New York, NY 10031

The Bronx
SATURDAY, MAY 13 @ 3 PM & 7 PM
Bronx River Art Center
1087 E. Tremont Avenue
Bronx, NY 10460


Teagle F. Bougere, Eric T. Miller, Spencer Hamp, Charlie O'Rourke


Christopher McElroen

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