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“Dick and Jim” – An original play about the friendship of Richard Avedon and James Baldwin

September 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

$10.00 – $20.00
 Dick & Jim is an original play be poet/playwright Neil Silberblatt  tracing the friendship and collaboration between photographer Richard Avedon & essayist/playwright/activist James Baldwin.
The play revolves around (imagined) conversations between Avedon & Baldwin leading up to the publication of their book, Nothing Personal (with photos by Avedon & essays by Baldwin).
David Adam Boaz & Geof Newton – both fine actors – will perform the roles of Baldwin & Avedon, respectively.
The performance will be followed by a Q&A with the playwright about his research into the lives of Avedon and Baldwin.
This play made its debut this summer at the Wellfleet Public Library, with funding from the Wellfleet and Massachusetts Cultural Council for that performance.
Tickets go on sale July 1.
About Nothing Personal (from the AbeBooks site)
Avedon and Baldwin’s American Journey

Richard Avedon and James Baldwin’s landmark 1964 book explores the complexities and contradictions still at the center of the American experience – especially timely today. Deploying both image and text, Avedon and Baldwin examine the formation of identity, and the bonds that both underlie and undermine human connection.

In 1963-64, former high school friends Richard Avedon, at the time one of the world’s most famous photographers, and James Baldwin, best-selling novelist and essayist and a leading literary voice in the American civil rights movement, collaborated on Nothing Personal, a book about the state of life in America.

Avedon’s subjects range from civil rights icons, to intellectuals, politicians, pop singers, patients in a mental institution, and ordinary Americans, all carefully juxtaposed, cropped, and tightly sequenced. Here, the American Nazi Party contends with poet Allen Ginsberg, and a weary General Eisenhower gives way to the sway of Malcolm X. Depleted mental institution patients call out for human warmth, and are followed by the embrace of mother and child.

Baldwin’s four-part essay offers a critique of a society that is disconnected, unjust and divisive, and therefore in the midst of an existential crisis. In a highly personal and pertinent testimony, he writes about his own experience of harassment by a racist police officer in his native New York City. Yet Baldwin, like Avedon, ends his work with the inescapable need for – and power of – love.



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September 28
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$10.00 – $20.00
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