The Hampton Years examines the impact of World War II on Jewish refugees living in the United States and their role in shaping the lives and careers of African American students in the segregated south. It explores the relationship between Austrian painter and sculptor Viktor Lowefeld and his students, John Biggers and Samella Lewis, both of whom go on to become a prominent twentieth-century arts, scholars and educators. Directed by Phillip M. Church the staged reading will feature Aaron Alpern, Rebecca Covey, O’Neil Delapenha, Madeleine Escarne, Makeba Henry, and Wayne Robinson. Click here to learn more.
This is the second time that THE HAMPTON YEARS had been programmed as part of the Beyond Swastika and Jim Crow exhibit. The first was back in February of 2013, when Theatre Ariel presented it as part of their salon series and at the National Museum of Jewish History. Since that time, the play has received a world premiere production at Theater J and has gone through extensive revisions in development at Virginia Stage Company. This will be my first time hearing the new draft and I can hardly wait to experience with a new community of artists, scholars, historians, and audience members.