Streaming On Demand November 1 - 19, 2021  |  Streaming Event Citizen James, or The Young Man Without a Country Streaming Performance for Schools

Event Description

Inspire and challenge your students with an engaging one-man-show, fully produced for a virtual medium that features a professional performance, stunning projection and a captivating story.

Meet a 24-year-old James Baldwin at LaGuardia Airport. Young James is an unknown aspiring “Negro” writer who has yet to write and publish his first novel. He awaits his flight, having just left his family with the news of his decision to flee America for refuge in Paris. He speaks no French. He has a one-way ticket
and $40 in his pocket.

Witness James Baldwin as he decides he must do something to save himself from the violent reality of racist America in 1948, a decision that sets him on the path to becoming one of the world’s most brilliant writers, and a powerful and prophetic voice of the Civil Rights era and beyond. More than a one-man-show, Citizen James is a bridge that connects the past to our now.

This performance briefly discusses mature topics of police violence, suicide, sexual identity and contains racially charged language. Mature student audiences are recommended. Further information may be provided upon request.

Recommended for grades: 8-12
Content available to stream on-demand at a time of your choosing from November 1-19, 2021.
You may access content for your classroom multiple times. One registration per class required. 
Running time: 60 mins

Included with registration:

  • Teacher Resource Guide
  • Pre-show Classroom Connection Workshop video
  • Performance video
  • Post-show Classroom Connection Workshop video
  • Pre-recorded Q&A with the company

To request a field trip, please complete the online 2021-2022 School Field Trip Order Form by clicking the “Register” button on this page. Registrations and order by phone are not accepted, but we are happy to answer your questions.

For assistance in choosing the best shows for your class, please contact the Education Hotline at 216-348-7909 or


Registrations are $20 per class and may accommodate up to 30 students. If your class is larger, or if you’re registering multiple groups, please contact us for a price quote. Adult participation is free, though they must be accounted for in your reservation numbers.

Cleveland Metropolitan School District teachers: Thanks to a generous donation from the KeyBank Foundation, a limited number of free and reduced-cost tickets are available for CMSD schools and approved partnered schools (view eligibility list). Contact us at 216-348-7909 or for ordering instructions.

This student matinee performance is part of the Playhouse Square Education Department Social Justice Series.