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Karamu House presents RED SUMMER
March 4 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Karamu House’s 2022/23 mainstage season continues with the original production of RED SUMMER from February 24 – March 5, 2023, in the Cleveland Foundation Jelliffe Theatre, located at 2355 East 89th Street, Cleveland, OH 44114. Conceived by Tony F. Sias, written by Nina Domingue, and co-directed by Sias and Domingue, RED SUMMER deals with the summer of 1919 when Black soldiers returned from war hoping for a homecoming, but instead were welcomed with racial terror.
Ida B. Wells had not intended to lead an anti-lynching fight, but when her friend became a victim, fighting against the bloody act became her life’s work. Jax and Cyn’Sere had not intended to become activists, but when their friend is murdered, they find themselves in the thick of a new movement. Two fights, over a hundred years apart, but eerily similar, call into question our stamina as a people. When history is repeating itself, do we have the imagination to create a different outcome?