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Playwright August Wilson once said: “Black theater in America is alive. It is vital. It just isn’t funded.”
Indeed, black theater is alive and has deep roots in the Washington region, as many locals have contributed to its thriving culture. But even so, the theater world –often expensive and leaning on the work of white playwrights– hasn’t always been accessible.
Though great strides have been made to expand theater’s reach to the black community in particular, those doing the work on-stage and behind-the-scenes maintain there’s still work to be done.
We hear from local theater luminaries on the history and future of Washington’s black theater scene.
- Jennifer Nelson Senior Programming Advisor, Ford's Theater
- Courtney Baker-Oliver Founder, Restoration Stage
- Lyn Dyson Alumnus, D.C. Black Repertory Alumni Association
- Robert Hooks Founder, Black Repertory Theatre
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