Turning To Black Roots

TITLE: THE AFRICAN COMPANY PRESENTS RICHARD III

AUTHOR: CARLYLE BROWN

WHERE: ARENA STAGE, WASHINGTON

THE BOTTOM LINE: From a forgotten corner of early black America comes a play pertinent to today's multicultural debate.

NEAR THE END OF HIS DRAMA about an actual 19th century black stage troupe that briefly competed with Junius Brutus Booth, sire of the estimable Booth acting | clan, Carlyle Brown makes clear that much of his interest in the story is its pertinence to the multiculturalism debates of today. The African Company of 1820s New York City was, he recounts, harassed and shut down by white authorities...

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