What Is Being Taught About The Director-Playwright Relationship?

December 2nd, 2015 § 8 comments § permalink

I assume most people, either as a child heard, or as a parent deployed, the timeworn phrase, “If someone told you to jump off the Brooklyn Bridge, would you do it?” My parents had a variant along the same lines: “Just because other people do it doesn’t make it right.” I am reminded of this phrase as it seems every week lately I hear about another instance of a theatre director altering a script or overriding an author’s clear intent; the recent run of examples has been with college-affiliated Continue reading...

Kent State Coda: No Black MLK Ever Reached Their “Mountaintop”

November 16th, 2015 § Comments Off on Kent State Coda: No Black MLK Ever Reached Their “Mountaintop” § permalink

  In the many press accounts of director Michael Oatman casting a white man to play Dr. Martin Luther King in Katori Hall’s The Mountaintop, stories have all acknowledged Oatman’s original concept of splitting the role between black and white actors. His intent was, in his words: “I truly wanted to explore the issue of racial ownership and authenticity.  I didn’t want this to be a stunt, but a true exploration of King’s wish that we all be judged by the content of our character Continue reading...