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Bringing Black Works to Broadway

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

7:00 PM

Set in the 1970s, Jitney is the first play August Wilson penned in his American Century Cycle and yet it is the only one that has not made its way to Broadway.

Of the roughly 33 plays and musicals to open in the 2011-2012 Broadway season, only five featured prominent African-American characters, actors or storylines.

Join WQXR's Elliott Forrest in a thought-provoking discussion about the challenges and triumphs of bringing Black works to Broadway. Featuring 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.


* Learn more here about our historic recording project, August Wilson's American Century Cycle and accompanying Talk Series

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Elliott Forrest