Theatre and the Arts
Original Airdate: 12/4/1974
Afro-American artists - Boston - Massachusetts
Afro-Americans in the performing arts
Public Affairs: Current Events
Batson Ford, Susan
Glass, Arthur, Jr.
Johnson, Fred (Halim Adbur Rashid)
Charles Drew Family Life Center - Boston - Massachusetts
Women's Educational and Industrial Union - Boston - Massachusetts
Program features a discussion of the theater and the role of African Americans in the theater. Host Barbara Barrow and guests Fred Johnson (mime), Charles Turner (actor/director), and Susan Batson Ford (actor) discuss working in the theater, the pros and cons of theater work, the importance of the audience in theater, the verbal and nonverbal communication of actors, performance vs. the technical aspects of the theater, African American mime artists, and the politics of the theater. Additional segments include a performances by Fred Johnson, "Blast From the Past" (with a 1969 interview with actor Julian Mayfield), "Information" (with a description of homemaker services narrated by a member of the Women's Educational and Industrial Union), "Access" (with a description of the services of the the Charles Drew Family Life Center), the "Community Calendar," and "Commentary" with Producer Marita Rivero.
Susan Batson Ford
Dance Theatre of Boston, The (dancers)
Allison Edwards (actor)
Peter Fernandez (actor)
Fred Johnson (mime)
Boston Art Ensemble (theme music)
Lloyd Cogell (still photography)
June Cross (community coordinator)
Steven Farrier (community coordinator)
Sallie McGuire (production assistant)
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