Thursday, September 18, 2008

Theater Beyond the Great White Way

Beyond the O'Neils, the Barrymore's, the Arthur Miller's, those classic white male playwrights who wrote the realities of the American dream for the stage, there is a world of other, similiarly real truths portrayed by prolific African American writers and producers from the Negro Ensemble Company, people like Phillip Hayes Dean and Leslie Lee, who tell entirely separate truths that have been marginalized for far too long. 

Check this NY Times article to learn more about the African American theater companies and artists working in New York. Notice the familiar faces of Samuel L. Jackson and Denzel Washington. 

Don't have time to read? Check this link to watch a 2 minute video that covers a history of the theater company. 

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