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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 … Continue reading

The Jury of Live Theater: A Chat with A Time to Kill’s Sebastian Arcelus

A Time to Kill is now enjoying its third life. The play is set in Mississippi in the 1980s, when two drunken white men gang rape a 10-year-old  black girl. Fearing that the men will receive a mere slap on the wrist, the girl’s father Carl Lee takes the law in his own hands, shooting them as they are … Continue reading

By the Way, Sanaa Lathan is Back on Stage

Sanaa Lathan has fashioned an enviable acting career going back to the 1990s. All hands down, her most beloved movie is Love & Basketball. Since then she’s amassed an impressive resume with a diversity of characters in film, television, and theater. Theater has been the recent focus of her career, a throwback to her training … Continue reading

By the Way, Meet Vera Stark!

Back in the Habit!

It’s been a little over a month since I last posted. Here’s what I’ve been up to in the past month: 1. Started an editorial internship with the online news and culture magazine, The Root 2. Saw the play Let Me Down Easy and interviewed Anna Deveare Smith, the playwright-actress who conceived the fascinating show. … Continue reading

Abdul Ali interviews Playwright Marcus Gardley

At the young age of 32, playwright Marcus Gardley has racked up several awards for his plays and is already drawing comparisons to the legendary August Wilson. A sought-after playwright in the regional theater circuit, the Oakland, Calif., native was named one of Dramatists magazine’s 50 playwrights to watch. Gardley’s latest foray onto the regional … Continue reading