Dutchman: Black Men and White Women, Controversial Onstage—and, Still, in Real Life?

Sharif Atkins talks to The Root about art imitating life as he stars in a revival of Amiri Baraka’s classic play.

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“In 1964 this play shocked the hell out of everybody,” he said. “The value of this play does not diminish just because this shock sensibility has worn off a bit. There’s a whole lot that’s happened in the last 50 years. But I believe it retains its power because we are still dealing with a lot of issues this play brings up.”

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