We had great turnouts and engaging discussions “In-Conversation” at MetroStage for both of our Live & About Outings on Nov 1 & 5 for this wonderful work about America’s great poet Langston Hughes. Carlyle Brown brings to life with a fictional account of the demons and dilemmas faced by Langston Hughes while attempting to write a poem on the eve of his appearance before the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations led by Senator Joseph McCarthy. Performed against the backdrop of searing blues and the ever-present poetic hues of Langston.
So these are the questions for you to consider and comment on:
Focus Question #1
I’m very curious about the two-line poetic image that starts the work and gets repeated as the Langston Hughes character works to create a poem throughout the show — “A wild wind in Georgia/Blows in the Georgia Dusk”– why this line? And what does this image mean to your understanding of the show? —
Focus Question #2
Director Tom Jones III and composer William Knowles have filled Carlyle Jones’ original drama with music and a choreographed chorus, how does this further the story?
What in this work, written in 2007, speaks particularly to our current situation? How does it make you feel, and what can we do?