The powerhouse actor has been on a streak of shows about race and the white gaze. Her newest: a theatrical essay by Claudia Rankine.
American Players Theatre’s production of Athol Fugard’s play about mixed-race brothers has raised thorny questions about representation.
Given the chance to play Claudio as a black man, neither I nor our production took the racial implications lightly.
Theatre ought to grow our moral imagination in a time of crisis. How do we get there—and who is ‘we’?
African American theatre is distinct, distinguished, and fully deserving of the kind of funding and respect too often reserved for white culture and institutions.
In igniting fierce debates about casting, funding, and racial equity, August Wilson’s 1996 keynote anticipated many of the arguments we’re still having.
Why reprint a 20-year-old speech? Less to show how far we’ve come (or not) than to marvel at what a great artist still has to say to us now.
Post-racial? Not on the Great White Way.