Shifting the Spotlight Drama Book Club

West End Library

Shifting the Spotlight Drama Book Club

Next date: Thursday, April 15, 2021, 7:30 p.m. (see all dates)

Join the library on April 15 for the first session of Shifting the Spotlight Drama Book Club!

The book club, a partnership between the DC Public Library and Theatre Prometheus, is a place to read and discuss great plays that are too often excluded from the modern American stage, especially those by BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) playwrights. For the first session, we will be reading Toussaint Louverture: The Story of the Only Successful Slave Revolt in History, a play by the Trinidadian historian and playwright C. L. R. James that follows the events of the Haitian Revolution.


Thought lost for decades, a copy of the play was discovered in 2005. James also wrote the seminal The Black Jacobins, a work of history covering the same events from a nonfiction perspective, which remains a crucial work in the study of the revolution and its aftermath. 

Click here to register for the virtual discussion and to be sent the Google Meet link.

This program is presented in partnership with Theatre Prometheus, a local theatre organization whose literary staff will be co-moderating the discussions. 

Thanks to the generous support of the West End Library Friends, we are delighted to be able to bring in an expert in the field to enrich the conversation and help place the play and its topics in historical context. As we draw closer to the date of the event, we'll have more information to share on this, so watch this space!

We look forward to seeing you on April 15!
 

Add to Calendar 15-04-2021 19:30:00 15-04-2021 20:30:00 Shifting the Spotlight Drama Book Club Join the library on April 15 for the first session of Shifting the Spotlight Drama Book Club! The book club, a partnership between the DC Public Library and Theatre Prometheus, is a place to read and discuss great plays that are too often excluded from the modern American stage, especially those by BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) playwrights. For the first session, we will be reading Toussaint Louverture: The Story of the Only Successful Slave Revolt in History, a play by the Trinidadian historian and playwright C. L. R. James that follows the events of the Haitian Revolution. Thought lost for decades, a copy of the play was discovered in 2005. James also wrote the seminal The Black Jacobins, a work of history covering the same events from a nonfiction perspective, which remains a crucial work in the study of the revolution and its aftermath.  Click here to register for the virtual discussion and to be sent the Google Meet link. This program is presented in partnership with Theatre Prometheus, a local theatre organization whose literary staff will be co-moderating the discussions.  Thanks to the generous support of the West End Library Friends, we are delighted to be able to bring in an expert in the field to enrich the conversation and help place the play and its topics in historical context. As we draw closer to the date of the event, we'll have more information to share on this, so watch this space! We look forward to seeing you on April 15!   false DD/MM/YYYY