Citizen James, or The Young Man Without a Country
Written by Kyle Bass | Directed by Joann Yarrow
January 29 - 30, 2022

Meet a 24-year-old James Baldwin at LaGuardia Airport. Young James is an unknown aspiring “Negro” writer whose first novel has yet to be published. He awaits his flight, having just left his family with the news of his decision to flee America for refuge in Paris. He speaks no French. He has a one-way ticket and $40 in his pocket.

Witness James Baldwin as he decides he must do something to save himself from the violent reality of racists America in 1948, a decision that sets him on the path to becoming a brilliant, powerful, and prophetic voice of the Civil Rights era and beyond. More than a one-man show, Citizen James is a bridge that connects the past to our now.

Please note, the performance briefly discusses mature topics like police violence, suicide, sexual identity, and contains racially charged language. Recommended for grades 8 and up.
Performances at Community Folk Art Center (805 E. Genesee St., Syracuse)
All tickets are $12

Saturday, January 29 @ 7:00 PM

Sunday, January 30@ 7:00 PM

Covid Guidelines: Masks required at all times. Covid screening will take place at the door prior to entrance.

Citizen James, or The Young Man Without a Country is part of the Syracuse Stage Backstory program, an interactive, live, creative dive into compelling historical figures' stories for middle and high school students. Learn more about Backstory and how to bring Citizen James to your school.


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