Waiting for Giovanni


Coming Summer 2018

Waiting for Giovanni

By Jewelle Gomez (in collaboration with Harry Waters Jr.)
Directed by Mark Finley

It’s 1957. Bombs are exploding in Black churches and lynchings are a fact of life for many across the U.S.  From these ashes a young Black writer emerges to become a literary celebrity bringing with him both his boundless talent and personal insecurities. Waiting for Giovanni imagines a moment in the mind of James Baldwin in which he struggles with writing a novel that he’s been told will ruin his career.

“Much of the play deals with the power of words, especially Baldwin’s fascination with and ability to use words. Along with the sit-ins, boycotts, demonstrations, riots, and marches, the civil rights movement was a battle over the use of words and the perspectives they carried with them.
“‘Black’ sought to supplant “colored” and “Negro” and in time was itself succeeded by “African-American.” “Homosexual” and “deviant” were toppled by “queer” and “gay,” which in turn are now evolving into an ever-changing spectrum of more inclusive initials. More than acceptance and awareness, the fight for words has been a fight for pride.
“It is this conflict which Gomez captures so poignantly.”
edgesanfrancisco.com 2011


July 12 – August 4, 2018
at The Flea, NYC

Address: 20 Thomas Street, New York City

All performances are at 7 pm
  Thursday through Saturday – July 12-14
  Tuesday through Saturday – July 17-21
  Wednesday through Saturday – July 25-August 4

Tickets: $30
– All performances except August 2
– Ticket price does not include a $2 Theater Restoration fee

On August 2, please join us for:
James Baldwin’s 94th Birthday Celebration
– Fundraiser for TOSOS
– Cake and Champagne reception to follow the performance, including a meet and greet with cast and creative team, with remarks by Playwright, Jewelle Gomez
Tickets (August 2 only): $75

To get tickets:


– Call 866.811.4111 to order tickets by phone, or
– Visit the Flea Theater Box Office at 20 Thomas Street
Box office hours: 12-7 pm (weekdays) and 5-7 pm (weekends)

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