Not one, but TWO different theater companies are currently working on verbatim-text shows about the (in?)famous 1965 debate between James Baldwin and William Buckley.
Elevator Repair Service’s is titled Baldwin and Buckley at Cambridge. The synopsis:
In 1965 James Baldwin and William F. Buckley, Jr. were invited to The Cambridge University Union to debate the resolution ‘The American Dream is at the Expense of The American Negro.’ ERS re-creates their profoundly relevant confrontation in Baldwin and Buckley at Cambridge.
And from the american vicarious comes Debate: Baldwin vs Buckley. Synopsis:
‘Is the American Dream at the expense of the American Negro?’ was the topic on February 18, 1965, when an overflow crowd packed the Cambridge Union to bear witness to a historic televised debate between James Baldwin and William F. Buckley Jr. The objective of the american vicarious in restaging this historic debate is not to inhabit such monumental figures as James Baldwin or William F. Buckley, their shoes are too large to fill. Rather, our objective is to simply place their words, which still resonate 55 years later, within the voice of contemporary artists.