The purpose of this blog, besides recording and archiving the ideas, history and vision of Douglas Turner Ward, has always been to provide a forum for discussion on Black or African-American Theatre both past and present.
In this issue we have the foundation for such a discussion in two excerpts from taped conversations I had with playwright, director, scholar and Professor Emeritus of Columbia College in Chicago, Paul Carter Harrison, who also happens to be a friend. There is also a provocative article by Paul on a subject he has been very absorbed by in the past year or more; a re-definition of Black Theatre. These articles are presented as the start of an ongoing discussion that will continue in future issues.
On the historical side is a warm remembrance by Robert Hooks illuminating his view on how some important developments in Black Theatre occurred.