New Director Has Big Plans for African-American Shakespeare Company

October 8, 2010  |  

(San Jose Mercury News) — It was a brilliant idea — staging George Bernard Shaw’s “Pygmalion” with an all-black cast, with Professor Henry Higgins studying the black dialects of Oakland instead of the British dialects of London. It was more than a decade ago that San Francisco’s African-American Shakespeare Company staged the play, and L. Peter Callender, an actor well known to theater fans across the Bay Area for his powerful portrayals in classic works, recalls it vividly. “Yes, yes, I do remember,” says Callender. “I was impressed. I thought, ‘Wow!’ It was a wonderful play.” And now, as African-American Shakespeare’s artistic director, Callender can explore his own ideas in classic and contemporary theater.

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