May 20–30

The Cherry debuts a new headphone walking-play: Trap Door. This brand-new work will explore the hidden histories of Ithaca’s underground railroad and civil rights pioneers. Trap Door will be the Cherry’s third headphone walking play, a form perfect for a time of social distancing, and will break open the form in new and exciting ways. We are excited to announce that Trap Door will be directed by Cynthia Henderson, and the lead writer will be National Book Award finalist poet Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon, one of the Cherry’s most regular and beloved collaborators.

It would seem to me that, however arrogant this may sound, I want to suggest two propositions.

The first one is, that the poets, by which I mean all artists, are finally the only people who know the truth about us. Soldiers don’t. Statesmen don’t. Priests don’t. Union leaders don’t. Only poets. …

The second proposition is really what I want to get at tonight. And it sounds mystical, I think, in a country like ours, and at a time like this when something awful is happening to a civilization, when it ceases to produce poets, and, what is even more crucial, when it ceases in any way whatever to believe in the report that only the poets can make. … Art is here to prove, and to help one bear, the fact that all safety is an illusion.

James Baldwin, The Cross of Redemption: Uncollected Writings


*Show Times TBD*


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