Thursday, July 02, 2009
As arguably today's most notable African-American director, Kenny Leon brings great stories to life. His list of credits, includes the 2004 Tony Award winning Broadway revival and made for film adaptation of Lorraine Hansberry's “A Raisin in the Sun,”
August Wilson's Broadway productions of Gem of the Ocean and Radio Golf, for which he garnered a combined number of nine Tony Nominations. Production credits for Disney's and Elton John's Elaborate Lives: The Legend of Aida, as well as director of the 2008 production of Flashdance: The Musical and the upcoming Broadway adaptation of Guess Who's Coming to Dinner.
His mission to introduce a new generation of theater-goers to classic African American works is being realized through the work of True Colors—an Atlanta based theater company where he is the founding artistic director. This spring, he brings to the stage, a True Colors production of the David Feldshuh's Pulitzer Prize Nominated Miss Ever' Boys—an eye opening drama about the Tuskegee study, featuring Jasmine Guy, TC Carson and Eugene Lee. Here in a Lingk2us interview Contributor katie Lee caught-up with the famed director to talk about what keeps him grounded, his pursuit of truth and clarity, and why a mix of cultural perspectives is key to bringing the classics front and center. FULL FEATURE
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