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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Wilson's death leaves casting gap

"August Wilson's death in late 2005 was a major blow to American theater. It was also a sucker punch to black actors on Broadway. For almost a quarter century, beginning with "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" in 1984, Wilson could be counted on to produce plays that centered on the African-American experience, and thus employed either exclusively or primarily black casts."

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