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“An artist’s duty, as far as I’m concerned, is to reflect the times...That to me is my duty. And at this crucial time in our lives, when everything is so desperate, when every day is a matter of survival, I don’t think you can help but be involved.”

Salamishah Tillet is an associate professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania, the author of “Sites of Slavery: Citizenship and Racial Democracy in the Post-Civil Rights Imagination” and is writing a book on Nina Simone.

JOCELYN CLARKE ( Dramaturg ) is currently Theatre Adviser to the Arts Council of Ireland and dramaturg at American Voices New Play Institute at Arena Stage in Washington, . He has taught dramaturgy at the John Kennedy Centre for the Performing Arts, Columbia University, NYU Abu Dhabi, and Trinity College Dublin. He was the Commissioning and Literary Manager of the Abbey Theatre for four years, and lead theatre critic with The Sunday Tribune for nine years. He is an associate artist with The Civilians and Theatre Mitu in New York. He has written six plays for Anne Bogart and the SITI Company – Bob , Alice’s Adventures Underground , Room , Score , Antigone and Trojan Women ( After Euripides ). Chess Game No. 5 , his new collaboration with the company, premiered in New York in March.

Charles White painting for the book, The Shaping of Black America, symbolizes the the triumph of blacks after emancipation and also points to the continued persistence of the black spirt. (more…)

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Nina Simone: Four Women, by Christina Ham. Directed by Timothy Douglas. Costumes, Kara Harmon; lights, Michael Gilliam; sound design, Matthew M. Nielson. About an hour and 45 minutes. Through Dec. 24 at Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. Tickets $40-$111, subject to change. Call 202-488-3300 or visit .

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