Do the Right Thing

Monday, January 7
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2hr 00mins // directed by:Spike Lee // featuring:Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee

Join cast members Joy Jones and Brian D. Coates from the Huntington Theatre Company's production of Invisible Man for a conversation after the film, moderated by Phillip Martin, WGBH reporter and head of "The Color Initiative" on PRI's The World.

Spike Lee’s powerful 1989 drama chronicles a series of events that bring festering racial tensions to the surface on the hottest day of the year in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn. Featuring a stellar ensemble cast that includes Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Samuel L. Jackson, Rosie Perez, and John Turturro, Do the Right Thing sparked controversy while earning popular and critical praise.

Like Lee’s film, playwright Oren Jacoby’s blistering theatrical adaptation of Ralph Ellison’s landmark novel Invisible Man confronts audiences with an unblinking view of race. In the 1930s, a young, nameless black man moves through an America divided by race and class, and grapples with the paradoxes of identity. Following the film, Jacoby  and members of the creative team of the Huntington’s production of Invisible Man will discuss how Ellison and Lee’s works informed the dialogue about race in America.

Invisible Man, directed by Christopher McElroen, plays at the BU Theatre January 4 – February 3, 2013. Please click here for more information and/or tickets. 

About playwright Oren Jacoby


Oren Jacoby has directing credits that include Theater for the New City, Westbeth Theater, and Williamstown Theatre Festival. His credits as dramaturg include productions at Trinity Repertory Company and Dallas Theater Center. His film and television credits as a director, producer, and/or screenwriter include Sister Rose’s Passion (Oscar nominee for Best Documentary Short Film; winner at the Tribeca Film Festival, HBO); Constantine’s Sword, Lafayette: The Lost Hero; Topdog Diaries with Suzan-Lori Parks, Don Cheadle, and Jeffrey Wright; Shakespeare Sessions with John Barton, Kevin Kline, and Charles Dutton; Sam Shepard: Stalking Himself with Ethan Hawke and Ed Harris; the PBS Series The Irish in America with Jason Robards and Clair Bloom; Swingin’ with Duke: Benny Goodman Adventures in the King of Swing; The Beatles Revolution; and three films for the BBC series The Second Russian Revolution (winner: Dupont/Columbia Gold Baton for Best Documentary Series). He is a graduate of Brown University and the Directing program of the Yale School of Drama.