Dutchman: Dutchman, one-act drama by Amiri Baraka, produced and published in under the playwright’s original name LeRoi Jones. Dutchman presents. Complete summary of Amiri Baraka’s Dutchman. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of Dutchman. This one-page guide includes a plot summary and brief analysis of Dutchman by Amiri Baraka. Dutchman is a one-act play that revolves almost exclusively.

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Dutchman & The Slave

Dutchman was the last play produced by Baraka under his birth name, LeRoi Jones. He could not have known that the moment he would not follow her rules, she would demonize him and even kill him. Discover some of the most interesting and trending topics of That same year his second book of bbaraka criticism, Black Music, came out, a collection of previously published music journalism, including the seminal Apple Cores columns from Down Beat magazine.

So The Slave is a science fiction play that takes place in the middle of the race war everyone in the 70s was afraid would happen.

Baraka formerly le roi jones sharply addresses black-white relations in this country through a semi-surreal encounter between a sultry dutchmna woman and pseudo-intellectual, black poet on a hot new york subway ride. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. However, Dutchman is an important play that I feel still holds up today as an important piece of american racial discourse being explored through an artistic medium.

Dutchman (play) – Wikipedia

Clay says that if he were to take Lula’s words to heart, he should just kill all the white people he meets. Clay states that if black people stopped trying to heal their pain through dance, music, civic participation, religion, or focusing on moving upwards in American society, and became coldly rational like white people, black people would just kill all the whites and be done with racism in America.

As well, the overt nod to Othello in the play is a great starting point for comparison. Clay’s entire rant from pages used a lot of revolutionary words and the tone is honest, strong, and unapologetic. Feb 28, J rated it it was amazing.

You were my wife Published January 1st by Harper Perennial first published Maybe it was inbut it seems to me that it could only have been surprising to people completely out of the loop i. It is not certain that Clay was already a furious, full of hatred type man, or Lula forces him to burst duthcman a crisis, but it is obvious that Amiri Baraka shows that racist hatred and prejudiced minds cause violence, which is depicted as an alternative way of raising black voice.


Any interpretation I can give would be limited by my experience as a white person, but I found the second play, “The Slave,” to be more interesting. I also remember thinking that not all “white” people were monsters. This play is a really interesting time capsule of a theatre style and a political environment.

Jan 05, Paulina rated it it was amazing. The idea was amirk the air still is that black people would be happy just to be able to participate. You were preaching the murder of all white people. Lula is angered by Clay’s not falling for her manipulative tactics. Sep 26, Camille rated it liked it.

She switches strategies and mocks Clay’s Anglo-American speech, his college education and his three-button suit. The Dutchman was hard understand at times and was a visual play that needs to be seen and not read.

What I remember best was the extraor Regarding Dutchman: Not only does it have a schizophrenic feel, but it left me and I’m sure others as well at a loss. However, after reading Malcom X The Ballot or the Bullet, I could see that there was something I had not understood through my first reading: Thank you for your feedback. While Baraka’s writing in both plays is clearly didactic, it never comes off as preachy.

However, he does not push his hope onto her and waits for Lula to make the offer first. Jun 10, Craig Werner rated it it was amazing Shelves: DUTCHMAN is still at a place where it has relevance and may even prove prophetic or iconic or it may fade away as so many works of art have, not because it wasn’t great but because the work it had to do has been done and it is now time to move on.

Dutchman & The Slave by Amiri Baraka

It takes place in the future. Although Clay says all this, he deeply rejects this plan of action. I did the lighting for the piece during its Philadelphia premiere at Society Hill Playhouse.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. He is angry, like the African-American population is angry. The other passengers in the car are emotionless, the lighting and car going on are designated to illustrate inward thoughts or the streaming consciousness of Clay.


Amiru is also symbolic braaka integrationist and assimilationist ideologies within the contemporary Civil Rights Movement. I’ve been looking for plays to pair with a study of Othello and I thought Baraka seemed a perfect fit.

In the background explosions indicate a present or future war between blacks and whites. In he co-authored the autobiography of Quincy Jones, and was a supporting actor in Warren Beatty’s film Bulworth. Duthman did not blame Clay for speaking aloud against Lula, what her world represents, and its false perceptions and views of African Americans in general. Lula is glad that Clay is so easy to manipulate and puts her hand on his leg.

Seeing as how race has been and is a central conflict of American society from day one to now and seeing how this play deals with that conflict in as brutal and unflinching terms as has ever been seen or read, I think it makes a strong claim to be one of the Great American Plays.

These are shocking, angry plays, but especially for the time, gestures such as these were probably the only things that could wake up dutchamn people. It doesn’t mean that what the play asserts is wrong or even misguided but it is a fixed point in an ever changing universe.

His revolutionary and now antisemitic poetry became controversial.

The second scene where she wanted Clay to do the Belly Rub with her and began to criticize him, even going as far as to call him a ‘would-be Christian” and “a dirty white man” James 31 was offensive and disgusting on so many levels.

Dutchman opened in New York City on March 24,to dutchmqn the most exc Centered squarely on the Negro-white conflict, both Dutchman and The Slave are literally shocking plays–in ideas, in language, in honest anger. Just to make clear where I’m coming from – some of Bakara’s poems are among my favorite twentieth century poems.