The founder of Harlem’s National Black Theatre strove to make art that would liberate and heal.
The nation’s African American theatres are as various as the experiences and regions they represent, though they share some common goals and hurdles.
Diversifying personnel is important, but a more fundamental step might be to change the ways we teach theatre.
Stage works based on real material range so widely that about all they have in common is their makers’ aversion to labels.
The ‘Black to the Future’ season includes solo shows by Liza Jessie Peterson and Paterson Joseph and keeps an eye on national politics.
From the creation of Chicago’s Goodman to a seminal show by the National Black Theatre, July was a standout month for theatrical milestones.
In this special edition of Offscript, we have a 10-minute audio recording of August Wilson delivering his seminal speech, ‘The Ground on Which I Stand,’ followed by a discussion among leaders of two black theatres, Penumbra’s Lou Bellamy and National Black Theatre’s Jonathan McCrory.
Dominique Morisseau’s play, written for Penn State graduate acting students, comes home after uncomfortably resonating around the world.