From The Acting Company
In times of political unrest, must a man die for the greater good of the nation? The assassinations of Rome's great ruler of the Republic and the revolutionary leader Malcolm X share the stage when New York's acclaimed The Acting Company pairs Shakespeare's JULIUS CAESAR with X: OR, BETTY SHABAZZ V. THE NATION, a compelling new play by lauded playwright Marcus Gardley (The House that Will Not Stand, The Gospel of Lovingkindness, Every Tongue Confess, On The Levee). Presented in repertory, each featuring the same outstanding cast, these two gripping dramas examine two charismatic leaders who rise only to fall victim to rivalry, resentment and retribution.
Exploring the tumultuous landscape of religious ideology and activism in the 1960s, X: OR, BETTY SHABAZZ V. THE NATION dramatizes various events in the life of Malcolm X including his relationships with his family, friends and the leaders of the Nation of Islam and his untimely death by assassination. Directed by Ian Belknap, Artistic Director of The Acting Company.
Be part of the action! Limited on-stage seating is available for this show (full price tickets $38; Member tickets $28). Please call 646.223.3010 to purchase.
We strongly suggest that patrons follow the age recommendation for this production. Please see the Heads Up! note to the right and read "Essential Info" before seeing X: OR, BETTY SHABAZZ V. THE NATION.
"Fills the theater with a buzz of big ideas and big emotions"The Arizona Republic
"Playwright Marcus Gardley is rightly celebrated for the roiling stew of poetry and pathos in his mythopoetic narratives and for the insight and sensitivity he brings."Star Tribune
"Marcus Gardley has secured his place as one of the most promising contemporary playwrights." BroadwayWorld