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Stew & The Negro Problem - Notes of a Native Song

  • Dates: November 22, 2019
  • Location: Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre
  • Time: 8pm
  • Price: Tickets on sale Aug. 7 at 10am
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Tony Award-winning playwright and singer Stew, alongside his longtime collaborator Heidi Rodewald, pays homage to the art and activism of James Baldwin in this new music and theater experience. A contemporary commentary on Baldwin's 1955 collection of essays on being Black in America, Notes of a Native Song is an irreverent and spirited rock 'n' roll song cycle.

Stew and his band, The Negro Problem, use Baldwin's work to examine our lingering civil rights woes through a rapturous mix of rock, jazz, and soul. His uniquely incisive lyrics pay homage to the writer, who spoke uncomfortable truths about race, love, class division, and politics.