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Stage Players: Tarell Alvin McCraney

A short profile of playwright and actor Tarell Alvin McCraney.

AIRED: September 24, 2019 | 0:01:08
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- 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.

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