The Soul of Langston
by Daron P. Stewart. Presented by DC Drama Department.
See Langston as you have never seen him before. Deeply angry and outraged at the conflicts with his parents. Lovingly overwhelmed in his love for the lady in the red dress. And hilariously simple as Simple, the main character in his most comedic series of the ludicrous and the witty. Langston Hughes is one of the more controversial names in the history of American poetry. He is among the most eloquent American poets to have sung about the wounds caused by social and political injustice. Though he never sought to be all things to all people, he managed to create a body of work that epitomized the beauty and variety of the African-American experience, as well as the diversity of emotions, thoughts, and dreams common to all human beings.
What would be of hip-hop if Langston Hughes never took to poetry or of Civil Rights if the Harlem Renaissance never flourished? Daron P. Stewart's Soul of Langston musically answers those questions in a humorous, witty and enlightening play depicting the Black Shakespearean.
The production explores Langston's poetic statement: "I too sing America. I too am America." And also poses the question to all, "What happens to a dream deferred?" from Langston's famous poem.