DEBATE: Baldwin vs Buckley

Live Stream Oct 22, 23 & 24
7:30pm

Produced in association with BRIC

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Adapted & Directed by
Christopher McElroen
Resident Artist: Jaymes Jorsling

Costume Design: Elivia Bovenzi
Lighting Design: Zach Weeks
Sound Design: Andy Evan Cohen
Video Design: Adam J. Thompson

Featuring:
Teagle F Bougere
Eric T Miller
Spencer Hamp
Charlie O'Rourke
Daniel Marconi
Kevin Cristaldi
 

Is the American Dream at the expense of the American Negro?

This was the topic on February 18, 1965 when an overflow crowd packed the Cambridge Union in Cambridge, England, to bear witness to a historic televised debate between James Baldwin, the leading literary voice of the civil rights movement, and William F. Buckley Jr., a fierce critic of the movement and America’s most influential conservative intellectual.

The stage was set for an epic confrontation that pitted Baldwin’s call for a moral revolution in race relations against Buckley’s unabashed elitism and implicit commitment to white supremacy. Restaged for broadcast in the run-up to the 2020 Presidential election, this historic clash reveals the deep roots and lasting legacy of racial conflict that continues to haunt America.

On three consecutive nights, the american vicarious will gather to restage this historic debate in the run-up to the 2020 Presidential election. Broadcast live nightly, on YouTube and cable, this historic clash reveals the deep roots and lasting legacy of racial conflict that continues to haunt America.

The objective of the american vicarious in restaging this historic debate is not to inhabit such monumental figures as James Baldwin or William F. Buckley, their shoes are too large to fill. Rather, our objective is to simply place their words, which still resonate 55 years later, within the voice of contemporary artists.