Amiri Baraka’s “Slave Ship,” musician Letitia VanSant, and artist Nancy Andrews | WYPR

Amiri Baraka’s “Slave Ship,” musician Letitia VanSant, and artist Nancy Andrews

Feb 20, 2015

A visit with Baltimore’s Arena Players, who are reprising Amiri Baraka’s 1969 play, “Slave Ship”; music and conversation with Letitia VanSant; and Nancy Andrews shares how art has helped her to mend her post-operative psyche 

Nathan Couser, Rosalind Cauthen, Malcolm Anomnache, and Elaine Foster, of the Arena Players' production of, "Slave Ship"
Writer Amiri Baraka left behind a fifty-year literary legacy that’s made him one of the nation’s most respected and widely published African American writers.  Baraka wrote poetry, plays, essays, fiction, music criticism, and in it all, his words are galvanizing - heroic to some and troubling to others.  Amiri Baraka’s 1969 drama, Slave Ship, is currently on stage at Arena Players in Baltimore.  Director Rosalind Cauthen talks about the production, along with cast members Elaine Foster, Nathan Couser and Malcolm Anomnachi.  They join producer Aaron Henkin…
  Letitia Vansant is a great singer and storyteller. She and her bandmates, the Bonfides - David and Will McKindley-Ward and Tom Liddle - have just put the finishing touches on a new album called Parts & Labor. VanSant joins producer Lisa Morgan…
  “Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity.”  That rather cryptic proclamation comes from Hippocrates, the Greek physician whose famous Hippocratic Oath promises:  “First, Do no harm.”  But just how clear-cut are the boundaries between healing and harm?  Artist Nancy Andrews has been struggling with that question ever since she was airlifted to a hospital in 2005.  The answer, she’s come to discover, is in her artwork.  That work is currently on display here in Baltimore at Maryland Art Place, and this week the artist joins producer Aaron Henkin by phone from her home in Bar Harbor, Maine…