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|Named Person:||B D Wong; David Henry Hwang; Charles Fuller; Charles Fuller; Charles Fuller; Charles Fuller; Douglas Turner Ward; Douglas Turner Ward; Douglas Turner Ward; Eduardo Machado; Eduardo Machado; Maria Irene Fornes; Eduardo Machado; Anne Bogart|
|Document Type:||Visual material|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
B D Wong; Charles Fuller; Eduardo Machado; Douglas Turner Ward; Edwin Wilson; City University of New York.
|Notes:||Part of the series, CUNY Spotlight, broadcast on CUNY-TV, sponsored by the City University of New York.|
|Performer(s):||Interviewed by Edwin Wilson.|
|Production notes:||Videotaped by the cable station, CUNY-TV, New York, N.Y.|
|Description:||1 videocassette (VHS) (112 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.|
|Series Title:||CUNY Spotlight|
|Responsibility:||City University Television, The Center for Advanced Study in Theatre Arts (CASTA) [presents].|
B.D. Wong discusses his preparation for his audition for M. Butterfly, his attitude towards auditions, the importance of casting minority actors when ethnicity is important to the character, and using non-traditional casting when ethnicity is not a factor.
Charles Fuller discusses how dialogue and history are the bases of his playwrighting, how A soldier's play is based loosely on the Herman Melville novel Billy Budd and The Brownsville raid is based on an actual happening in Texas in 1906, his current work about the black experience during the Civil War and Reconstruction, and his enjoyment in writing for film.
Douglas Turner Ward talks about his career as a playwright starting after his involvement in political activities surrounding civil rights in college and later in Harlem, how his Day of absence is based upon the Montgomery bus strike, becoming an actor to support his writing, how he got into directing, the Negro Ensemble Company and becoming its Artistic Director, and the problem of blacks getting more directing experience.
Eduardo Machado talks about first starting to write plays, being encouraged by Maria Irene Fornes and the Ensemble Studio Theatre which produced his works, his idea of a well-made play, his series of four plays about a family and their autobiographical basis, his themes concerning people, primarily Latinos, who sell out their culture for money and immigrants longing for their past, the production of his play Eye of the hurricane, directed by Anne Bogart, and the difficulty of Hispanic playwrights getting their work produced.
- Wong, B.D. -- Interviews.
- Actors -- Interviews.
- Hwang, David Henry, -- 1957- -- M. Butterfly.
- Theater -- Casting.
- Minorities in the performing arts.
- Fuller, Charles -- Interviews.
- Fuller, Charles -- Sources.
- Fuller, Charles. -- Soldier's play.
- Fuller, Charles. -- Brownsville raid.
- Motion picture authorship.
- Ward, Douglas Turner -- Interviews.
- Ward, Douglas Turner -- Sources.
- Ward, Douglas Turner. -- Day of absence.
- Negro Ensemble Company.
- African American theater.
- Machado, Eduardo -- Interviews.
- Machado, Eduardo -- Sources.
- Fornes, Maria Irene -- Friends and associates.
- Ensemble Studio Theatre.
- Machado, Eduardo. -- Eye of the hurricane.
- Bogart, Anne.
- Hispanic American theater.
- Theatrical producers and directors -- Interviews.
- Dramatists -- Interviews.