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The Artivist, the Bayard Rustin Story
East Village

The Artivist, the Bayard Rustin Story NYC Reviews and Tickets

(17 Reviews)
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Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Relevant, Intelligent

About the Show

A one-person show about the life of Bayard Rustin, one of the first Freedom Riders, an adviser to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and an openly gay black man in a society crippled with intolerance and bigotry.

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Passionate, Confusing, Sketchy, Informative, Thrilling clips & stills

See it if you'd like to know something about a core civil rights organizer who was also semi-publicly homosexual at a time when no one else was.

Don't see it if you know a bit about Rustin & might get frustrated at how much a curious 50-minute dramatized lecture has to leave out. Read more

Absorbing, Great writing, Intelligent, Resonant, Relevant

See it if You’re interested in U.S. Black and Gay history all in 1. The venue is small + has its issues but it’s worth overlooking these.if upon can.

Don't see it if You’re looking for a fun musical. However the education is especially relevant today

Critic Reviews (1)

February 3rd, 2019

"Sheppard is a charismatic performer with a commanding voice; he’s also a great mimic...Alleyne deserves praise for paying homage to this remarkable man...It needs be said that 'The Artivist' is neither as polished a work of theater nor as satisfying a record of Rustin’s achievements as it could be...Still, it will be a thrill in particular to those who have never heard of Bayard Rustin to come face to face with this professional troublemaker of relentless integrity and singular effectiveness."
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