A Princeton Humanities Council Magic Project launched a partnership between the Lewis Center for the Arts and New York city based CLASSIX, a collective of Black theater artists and scholars dedicated to expanding the classical theater canon through an exploration of dramatic works by Black writers. This kick-off event, originally recorded March 30, 2021, features readings by professional actors of excerpts of plays written by artists in the New Deal-era Federal Theatre Project’s Negro Units, as the units were titled then. The readings served as a springboard for a panel-led conversation on this moment in Black and theatrical history. With Autumn Womack (African American Studies and Department of English), Kinohi Nishikawa (African American Studies and Department of English) and Arminda Thomas (CLASSIX), moderated by Michael Dinwiddie (NYU).
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