Do the works of African American playwrights of the female persuasion get a fair chance at being heard on the stage? Playwright Lynn Nottage, who has been an often caustic critic on this very subject, was in London to receive the prestigious Susan Smith Blackburn award for female playwrights. Only 12 percent of plays in the last three years have been authored by African American women. Worse yet, however, is there are none this year, by any woman period.
The League of Professional Theatre Women found most Off-Broadway work goes to male playwrights and directors.
The Oscar- and Palme d'Or-winning 1959 film introduced the world to Bossa Nova as it remade the ancient Greek love story.