May 4, 2012 to May 20, 2012
The year is 1953 in the Harlem apartment of Negro writer Langston Hughes. He sits to write a poem. Exposed, guilt-ridden and fearful of the coming day, he confesses how he intends to answer McCarthy's accusations on being a communist.
As he tells the story of what he's written and why, and of his difficult and wonderful life as a writer, the poem continues to grow and clarify as a thing with a life of its own, and together they reveal a portrait of an artist faced with his fears and regrets before the greatest ordeal of his life.
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