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Blues for Mister Charlie

7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Modlin Center for the Arts, Alice Jepson Theatre
50 Crenshaw Way
Richmond, Virginia 23173
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“James Baldwin has written a play with fires of fury in its belly, tears of anguish in its eyes and a roar of protest in its throat. ‘Blues for Mister Charlie’ brings eloquence and conviction to one of the momentous themes of our era.” – The New York Times

In a small Southern town, a white man murders a black man, then throws his body in the weeds. With this act of violence, loosely based on the notorious 1955 killing of Emmett Till, James Baldwin launches an unsparing and at times agonizing probe into the wounds of race. For where once a white storekeeper could have shot a "boy" like Richard Henry with impunity, times have changed. Centuries of brutality, fear, patronage, and contempt are about to erupt in a moment of truth as devastating as a shotgun blast.

In his award-winning play, Baldwin turns a murder and its aftermath into an inquest in which even the most well-intentioned whites are implicated––and in which even a killer receives his share of compassion.

A collaboration between Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Theatre and the University of Richmond (UR) Department of Theatre and Dance, in association with The African American Repertory Theatre and The Conciliation Project, the production is a narrative to engage in a broader community dialogue around issues of racial justice, economic freedom, family, and faith.

Surrounding the production of Blues for Mr. Charlie will be Community Forums and Public Dialogues around the play’s content.  

Season Subscription

This event is part of the Tucker-Boatwright Festival of the Arts.

Modlin Center Subscriber (Purchase 4+ Performances): $8
Adult: $10 UR Student: FREE
Senior (62+): $8 UR Employee: $8
Child (0-12): $5 Group (20+): $8