Saturday, 22 August 2015 10:38 PM Written by Chris Rawson
Patricia Sheridan's "Breakfast With ..." interview with actor Joe Morton stirred memories of the then-young actor's electric 1976 appearance in the second year of the Pittsburgh Public Theater in Athol Fugard's "Sizwe Banzi Is Dead."
That ironic, comi-tragic account of life under apartheid co-starred an older actor, Joe Seneca, and famously impacted the young August Wilson, who remembered it was the first full-length play that impressed him. Presumably it contributed to his switch at just about that time from being a poet to an aspiring playwright, and a few years later, Mr. Seneca was featured in Mr. Wilson's first Broadway play, "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom."
I wonder if Mr. Morton, a fine stage actor who won a 1974 Tony nomination in "Raisin" (left, with Debbie Allen and Ernestine Jackson) ever did a Wilson play?