Black and white photograph, with a person in the foreground, visible from the chest up, sitting in a church pew and looking upwards. The person has dark skin and short dark hair. The pew extends diagonally into background at the upper left corner. Books are strewn on the pew next to the person.
Music & Performance

God’s Suicide by Harmony Holiday

THU JUN 24, 2021 7 PM PDT
Please note, you can watch the video of God's Suicide on Harmony Holiday's Made in L.A. 2020 artist page.

Made in L.A. artist Harmony Holiday’s one-man play, God’s Suicide, takes Black male vulnerability as its central subject. Adapted from an essay by the artist and constructed around the rarely acknowledged five suicide attempts of writer and public intellectual James Baldwin, this deeply personal work examines the interplay between creative and destructive forces in societies infected with white supremacy. In this special presentation, actor Larry Powell portrays Baldwin.

Download the program (PDF, 10 pp., 363KB)
Includes an essay by Harmony Holiday, and an excerpt from her play God's Suicide.  

A recording of this program will be available soon and posted to Hammer Channel.

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