Posts Tagged ‘August Wilson’

There Goes the Neighborhood: Why Clybourne Park Doesn’t Do Right by Its Inspiration

“There’s no way to escape the fact that I’m a racist,” Bruce Norris told New York magazine this February, two months before his play Clybourne Park won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. During his childhood, his family fled Houston in part because of school busing; until he was about 14, Norris said, his main exposure [...]

Color Theory: Racial Stunt-Casting on D.C. Stages, or Is It Just “Nontraditional?”

Ford’s Theatre knew going into its revival of the well-worn, 60-year-old Sabrina Fair that a quaint, fizzy rumination on class just wouldn’t do. Even light romantic fare needs some bite, and so the theater made a casting decision that instead made the play about that other, more scarring division in American life: race. In the [...]