Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant
About the Show
New Federal Theatre and Castillo Theatre presents this world premiere, which explores the legacy of LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka, the celebrated Black dramatist.
What is Black theater? How is it defined and by whom? What is the relationship between the Black dramatist, their creation and the Black community at large? "Looking for Leroy" by Larry Muhammad explores these questions through the legacy of LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka. This two-character play imagines five encounters between Baraka, a literary lion now in his 60s, and an intern in his 20s who idolizes him, challenges him, and aims to be like him.
"Sitting in the audience for 'Looking for Leroy' felt like I was on a bullet train. Looking out the window there was all this amazing scenery flashing by...This is a play chock full of a life examined and lived to the fullest. It is a history lesson in black theater, a portrait of one of this countries great contributors, a realigning of our moral and ethical compasses. What time is it? IT’S 'LOOKING FOR LEROY' TIME!"
"It is a searing, strident and alarming play about a racial rabble rouser and yet, at the same time, a very deep, warm and rich play about a man looking back on his life and talking about what he did and what he did not do...Director Petronia Paley has done a superb job of taking a tight two men play and working it so that you see a whole nation of trouble and a landscape of characters....'Looking for LeRoy' is an impressive look at a provocative writer and electric speaker."
"Paley's direction deftly moves the play which is a contest of ideas and perceptions between two highly spirited personalities. Inspired by Baraka’s life-long interest in jazz and its syncopated rhythms, she structures the verbal explosions, riffs, and variations of the arguments...Tyler Fauntleroy, as Taj, matches Sullivan’s Baraka in energy, intelligence, and fervor to 'do the right thing.' However, Kim Sullivan imbues Baraka also with vulnerability underneath his bluster."
“‘Looking for Leroy’, exploring and celebrating the life of Amiri Baraka, dramatically exceeds expectations in delivering an astonishing level of information that satisfies the human hunger for greater knowledge...High talent is everywhere evident in this play...’Looking for Leroy’ brings to life the expansive challenges and brilliant response to those challenges of Amiri Baraka, our ‘Black Fire’ who never wavered in his pursuit of Ma’at, social justice and Truth.”