"You laugh / Because I'm poor and black and funny…" begins Langston Hughes's poem "The Black Clown." This world-premiere musical theater experience fuses vaudeville, opera, jazz, and spirituals to bring Hughes's verse to life onstage as it animates a black man's resilience in the face of oppression. The production features Davóne Tines (Crossing) in the title role and a new score by Michael Schachter (Run AMOC! Festival at A.R.T.).