In the blood: William Shakespeare, august wilson, and a black director

Ayanna Thompson, Timothy Douglas

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Abstract

Timothy Douglas and I corresponded about this collection via e-mail for a few months in 2005. It was apparent that Douglas’s voice needed to be included in the collection because of his unusual resume: Douglas began his career as an actor in Shakespeare & Company, but he has most recently been noted for his direction of plays by August Wilson, Suzan-Lori Parks, and Lynn Nottage. As Douglas himself jokes, his resume consists of "50 percent dead white playwrights and 50 percent living black playwrights.” Coming from a black actor and director who has managed to perform in and direct both colorblind productions of Shakespeare and black-specific theatre projects, Douglas’s personal reflections on the state of casting in the twenty-first century are not just pertinent but invaluable. This interview was conducted over the phone on December 6, 2005. The transcript of the interview has been edited solely for length.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationColorblind Shakespeare
Subtitle of host publicationNew Perspectives on Race and Performance
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Pages137-153
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781135867041
ISBN (Print)0415978025, 9780415978026
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)

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