Baldwin and Buckley at Cambridge

About This Show

In 1965, two of America’s intellectual giants were invited to debate whether “the American Dream is at the expense of the American Negro,” bringing into sharp focus our country’s deepest divisions. The renowned theater company Elevator Repair Service returns to the Public with Baldwin and Buckley at Cambridge, a profoundly relevant presentation of the legendary debate between virtuosic writer James Baldwin and father of American conservatism William F. Buckley Jr. The production concludes with an imagined scene between Baldwin and his close friend Lorraine Hansberry, researched and written by long-time ERS company members April Matthis and Greig Sargeant.

Heralded by the New York Times as “one of the city’s few truly essential theater companies,” Elevator Repair Service applies their trademark approach of verbatim textual exploration and intensive collaboration to re-create Baldwin and Buckley’s blistering dissection of race, racism, and human worth.

Show Details

Running Time: 1hr 0min (0 intermissions)
Dates: First Preview: September 24, 2022 Opening Night: October 2, 2022 Final Performance: October 23, 2022
Location: Public Theater, New York City

425 Lafayette St,

New York,

10003

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Theatermania Review

| | October 2, 2022
Elevator Repair Service recreates a 1965 Cambridge Union Debate at the Public Theater.

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