Families: Players' Paradise

WAKE FOREST/WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.

The world of drama is largely dominated by white actors, directors, scriptwriters and producers. But every two years, African Americans reign supreme at the biannual National Black Theatre Festival, a week of plays, readings, seminars and celebrity schmooze in Winston-Salem, N.C., home of Wake Forest University. "You wake up to theater and go to sleep with it," says New York City actress and director Barbara Montgomery. "It's a joy." Over the years the festival has drawn its share of the famous, from Denzel Washington and Cicely Tyson to Danny Glover and Angela Bassett, but it's also a showcase for new talent...

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