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Amiri Baraka's The Most Dangerous Man in America to Be Presented at Castillo Theatre

TV newsman Art McFarland will head the cast as W.E.B. DuBois in Baraka's final play.

The final play by the late Amiri Baraka, The Most Dangerous Man in America (W.E.B. Du Bois), will play a run at the Castillo Theatre this spring.
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The final play by the legendary author Amiri Baraka will be presented by Woodie King Jr.'s New Federal Theatre at the Castillo Theatre this spring. The Most Dangerous Man in America (W.E.B. Du Bois) will run May 28-June 11.

The Most Dangerous Man in America (W.E.B. Du Bois) is a dramatic reflection of one of the most traumatic events in the terrible period of McCarthyism. W.E.B. Du Bois, cofounder of the NAACP and a scholar and political activist known and recognized throughout the world, was indicted in 1951 by the U.S. federal government at the age of 82 as "an agent of a foreign power." Throughout the play, the focus moves back and forth between the Harlem community and their opinions, and the witnesses' testimony and the courtroom battles, giving more balanced view of the interior narrative.

Leading the company are WABC-TV news anchor Art McFarland as Du Bois and Petronia Paley as his wife. Also featured are Arthur Bartow, Michael Basile, Marie Guinier, Ralph McCain, Zuhariah McGil, Nick Plakias, Stu Richel, Joyce Sylvester, and Landon G. Woodson, along with Lamar K. Cheston, Keldrick Crowder, Sidiki Fofana, Michael Green, Te'la Curtis Lee, Robert Siverls, and Akil N. Williams.

The production has scenic design by Chris Cumberbatch, costume design by Gail Cooper-Hecht, lighting design by Antionette Tynes, sound design by Mark Brukner, and projection design by Bill Toles.

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