FULL VIDEO | August Wilson Talk Series: Bringing Black Works to Broadway
Monday, September 23, 2013
Of the roughly 33 plays and musicals to open in the 2011-2012 Broadway season, only five featured prominent African-American characters, actors or story lines.
As part of The Greene Space's historic festival celebrating and recording the works in August Wilson's American Century Cycle, WQXR's Elliott Forrest sat down with a panel of guests to discuss the challenges and triumphs of bringing black works to Broadway.
Below, watch the full conversation with Woodie King, Jr., renowned producer, director, and founder of the New Federal Theatre, whose credits include Wilson's Joe Turner's Come and Gone and The Piano Lesson; Stephen Byrd, a prominent American theater producer and a vital force behind the emergence of African-American productions on Broadway; Jack Viertel, the Senior Vice President at Jujamcyn Theaters who has helped shepherd five August Wilson plays to Broadway; and Stephen McKinley Henderson, Associate Artistic Director of August Wilson's American Century Cycle.