The Amen Corner

The Amen Corner

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In a 1950s storefront church in Harlem, Pastor Margaret Alexander rails at her congregation and her teenaged son for their vices. With a gospel choir singing of redemption in one room and her son bonding with his ailing father over their love of jazz in the next, Margaret must face the music herself when a figure from her own troubled past returns. James Baldwin’s The Amen Corner tackles the role of the church in the Black community in this landmark work, written immediately after his breakthrough novel Go Tell It on the Mountain. Whitney White, winner of the Susan Stroman Director Award, makes her STC directorial debut in this powerful production rich with music, humanity, and Baldwin’s lyrical prose.

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“SPLENDIDLY REALIZED…Majestic and sprawling.” –The Washington Post

“BREATHTAKING…Entertaining but full of profundity in an American classic kind of way.” –DC Metro Theater Arts

“SPECTACULAR…Every moment, and I mean every moment, is well executed.” –BroadwayWorld

“SPARKLING…Equal parts inspiring and introspective.” –DC Theatre Scene

“FABULOUS…Feels remarkably fresh, original, and vitally important.” –Metro Weekly

“POWERFUL…A not-to-be-missed production of a great American work.” –MD Theatre Guide

“PACKS A WALLOP…Brilliantly directed by Whitney White.” –Brightest Young Things

“EXQUISITE…You must see this show.” –Two Hours’ Traffic

“STUNNING…Director Whitney White demonstrates her skill.” –Talkin’ Broadway

“HALLELUJAH!…It is a great pleasure to witness a remarkable play written by one of America’s most gifted and important 20th-century writers.” –CurtainUp

“HIGHLY RECOMMENDED…A toe-tapping, arms-outstretched-to-heaven sensation.” –Whisk and Quill