Actor James Barnes talks about starring in Dutchman Showing at the Tristan Bates Theatre
Clay is a young black man who has taken all the reasonable steps and more towards success. Very much an example of the now popular adage, “Work twice as hard to get half as far.”
Clay is fully aware of how the world works but would rather get on with his day and not be dragged down by the negativity surrounding race and or politics that he can’t control. He’s not your stereotypical young black man but then to those that know, he absolutely is a stereotype, a visual representation of the black man who is ‘trying’ to be other, rightly or wrongly, so much so that he may not actually be connected to his true self… but that’s a matter of opinion.
More importantly though, and this is one of the themes Outer Gaea Company really wanted to express; is that Clay just wants to be a man, a person, a human-being. He doesn’t necessarily want to interact with the world at large, and have his blackness as the focal point. And the same for black women. When the innocence of black youth is lost to the need to get super wise, else you won’t survive, you have a casualty of innocence. A casualty of humanity and there’s entire generations of black people walking around like that.