Directed by David Mold
Blues for Mister Charlie is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.
When Blues for Mister Charlie opened on Broadway in April of 1964, the critic for the New York Times wrote, “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.” Though some fifty years before Black Lives Matter, this is still an apt description given the power of Baldwin’s writing and the continued issues of race and inequality in the United States. The action centers on the murder of a black musician, who has returned to his southern hometown from New York City, by a white man, and the murderer’s arrest and trial, and the reaction of the town’s people to this act of violence. Baldwin writes an unsparing critique of the relationship between blacks and whites and challenges the audience to confront the wounds that racism has inflicted, to find ways to heal those wounds, and to imagine a world free of racial bias, where every person has the social, economic, and political power to thrive.