Note on Commercial Theater byLangston Hughes

You’ve taken my blues and gone
You sing ’em on Broadway
And you sing ’em in Hollywood Bowl,
And you mix them up with symphonies
And you fix ’em
So they don’t sound like me.
Yep, you done taken my blues and gone.
You also took spirituals and gone.
You put me in Macbeth and Carmen Jones
And all kinds of Swing Mikados
And in everything but what’s about me
But someday somebody’ll
Stand up and talk about me,
And write about me
Black and beautiful
And sing about me,
And put on plays about me!
I reckon it’ll be
Me myself!
Yes, it’ll be me.

That’s one of the beauties of theatre, it gives us that opportunity for catharsis. It opens up the dialogue and allows us to discuss our demons. I’m very passionate about this, and the more I talk with people, the more I’m convinced that we need to be having these conversations.

– PA Theatre Guide

with playwright Marilyn Barner Anselmi on
You Wouldn’t Expect