Monday, March 5, 2012

Diversity in the Theater - Part II

Quote by black playwright Ronald Milner (1938 - 2004) in Jet Magazine dated May 11, 1967:

Broadway doesn't want your blackness - she is a contented fat white cow. You can slip in and milk her, but you will be dancing on the grave of yourself and everyone else you love.

I do not know the context of Mr. Milner's quote; but I am sure that he is a child of his times, Radicalism is inevitable when there is inequality. Good thing is that Mr. Milner was eventually received on Broadway. According to IBDB, three of his plays - What the Wine-Sellers Buy, Don't Get God Started, and Checkmates - played on Broadway between 1974 and 1988. Interestingly, according to Wikipedia, What the Wine-Sellers Buy was the first play by an African American produced by Joseph Papp of the New York Shakespeare Festival. 

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