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  The Raid at Anacostia Playhouse

The Raid

Anacostia Playhouse
2020 Shannon Place SE Washington

Idris Goodwin's The Raid is a fabulation of a debate between two American icons: White abolitionist John Brown and Black abolitionist and social reformer Frederick Douglass. On the eve of Brown's raid on the federal armory in Harpers Ferry, these men argue the merits of violence and pacifism, order and chaos, and possibility of a nation free of the scourge of slavery.The Raid examines the difference between being an ally and an accomplice, the implications of race in social protest, and the limits of radicalism in the age of #Resistance. Experience The Raid at Theater Alliance at The Anacostia Playhouse in Washington DC.

Thru - Mar 18, 2018

Thursdays: 8:00pm
Fridays: 8:00pm
Saturdays: 8:00pm
Sundays: 2:00pm

  The Raid Reviews
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Washington Post - Recommended

"...Well stocked with flashbacks, Goodwin’s script has a plotted-out quality that registers as more diligent than inspired. Director Colin Hovde’s staging benefits from its leads: Nicklas Aliff shows off the crazed religious fervor that is the flip side of Brown’s empathy, while Marquis D. Gibson emphasizes Douglass’s dignity and canny reserve. Key supporting turns include Dylan J. Fleming as Douglass’s laconic associate Emperor and Josh Adams as Brown’s paranoid sidekick Henri."
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Celia Wren

BroadwayWorld - Recommended

"...There is something to be said about being present in historical plays. But when the characters in the Theater Alliance's powerful production "The Raid," begins with the characters sitting alongside the audience in the seats that ring the performance space and announce their impending demise, we realize we are in for a more visceral experience than history books often provide."
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Roger Catlin

DC Metro Theater Arts - Recommended

"...The Raid is no armchair meditation about means to ends. It is, rather, an immersive engagement in the particulars of one historical struggle as a way to dive deep into the metadrama that befalls every social justice movement: whether to rely on reason or force, whether to press one’s principles from within institutions or without, whether to use the law or break it, whether to risk something or everything."
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John Stoltenberg

DCTheatreScene - Highly Recommended

"...The intimate black box theater of the Anacostia Playhouse is an incredibly immersive space. No matter where you are seated, you feel as though you are a part of the performance; you can see the sweat on the actors’ back and brow, feel the reverberation as fists thud against flesh during fight scenes. Epic battles and tense interactions balance dialogue heavy scenes. The ensemble does not rely on many props or intricate costumes. The styling was contemporary rather than staunchly reflective of fashion from the period."
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Angela Carroll

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