THE DOUBLE V at the Matrix Theatre

Photo by Ed Krieger

Deborah Klugman – Stage Raw

So entrenched was systemic racism in the U.S. in the early 1940s that patriotic African-Americans were turned away when they sought to fight for their country at the onset of World War II.

Directed by Michael Arabian at the Matrix Theater, Carole Eglash-Kosoff’s play dramatizes the historical effort to allow black men and women to serve in the U.S. military in time of war. The “Double V” in the title references a campaign initiated by a small black-run newspaper in Pittsburgh that advocated victory over enemies abroad and victory over opponents of racial equality at home. The movement, which spread nationwide, was sparked by a letter to the editor from a real person, James G. Thompson of Wichita, Kansas, published in January 1942.
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Now running through November 24