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The Daily Northwestern

Northwestern University and Evanston's Only Daily News Source Since 1881

The Daily Northwestern

Northwestern University and Evanston's Only Daily News Source Since 1881

The Daily Northwestern


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Wirtz Center’s retelling of ‘The Tempest’ bends boundaries, centers justice and love

May 20, 2024

With her version of “The Tempest,” third-year directing graduate student Manna-Symone Middlebrooks offered audiences a newly imagined, contemporary version of Shakespeare’s classic at The Wirtz Center...

“The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World AKA the Negro Book of the Dead,” originally written by Suzan-Lori Parks, is about Black love, intergenerational pain and Black joy. It centers around the last Black man in the world, who dies over and over again and explores archetypes of Black America through piercing insight and raucous comedy.

Wirtz presents “The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World AKA the Negro Book of the Dead”

February 11, 2021

When first-year MFA directing student Manna-Symone Middlebrooks was asked to pitch and direct a play for the Wirtz Center, she chose a play about Black love, intergenerational pain and Black joy. “The...

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