Feb 8 - Mar 18, 2018
by Idris Goodwin
Directed by Colin Hovde
Would you die for your beliefs? Is it better to work within the system to change it or take up arms against the system to destroy it?
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.
Listen to director Colin Hovde and actor Marquis Gibson discuss The Raid on the By Any Means Necessary podcast with Eugene Puryear.
Cast and production
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“White men are given a wide breadth of choice, but black folks are born into war. If we don’t feel some extreme feeling, then we must be dead.” – The Raid
“Imagine an army of fully armed, well trained, unflinching, God protected, men– mostly black men, free. Imagine them liberating their brothers from bondage. Slave owners running in fear, begging and pleading for mercy. Imagine a government waking up to see their country has changed.” – The Raid
“I seek justice. It is you that seek the white man’s way. Documents, compromises, swift decisions from an ivory palace that affects the lives of millions. This is the white man’s way.” – The Raid
90 Minutes with no intermission
Adult – $40
Senior, Student, Military – $30
All previews are half price.
2020 Shannon PL SE
Washington, DC 20020
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