Stage Players: Tarell Alvin McCraney
A short profile of playwright and actor Tarell Alvin McCraney.
- It's important to keep giving you gifts
as an audience on the way to re-imagining
and keeping that imagination engaged.
Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't.
My name is Tarell Alvin McCraney
and I'm a theater artist.
Joan Jett Blakk is a part of Terence Alan Smith
created to speak about the lives that were
being destroyed by HIV an AIDS in 1992.
The play is based on real actual events.
So Queer Nation, along with ACTUP Chicago
decided to make a campaign.
A mock campaign, and then all of a sudden,
people were actually paying attention, and saying
"I voted for you"
- My first press conference as a candidate goes...
- As a playwright it was important to make sure
that the voice of Terence and Joan were sympathetic
and also exploring, curious and human.
I'm walking down the runway of folks on the floor,
they're fully in drag, feeling welcome.
I don't know if that's ever happened at Steppenwolf.