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“Person Place Thing” is an interview show based on this idea: people are particularly engaging when they speak not directly about themselves but about something they care about. Guests talk about one person, one place, and one thing that are important to them. The result? Surprising stories from great speakers. For twelve years Randy Cohen wrote “The Ethicist,” a weekly column for the The New York Times Magazine. His first television work was writing for Late Night with David Letterman for which he won three Emmy awards.
Host Randy Cohen will be interviewing award-winning theater director Woodie King, Jr.
In 1970, King founded the New Federal Theatre and the National Black Touring Circuit in New York City, where he remained as producing director throughout his career. King produced shows both on and off Broadway, and directed performances across the country in venues such as the New York Shakespeare Festival; the Cleveland Playhouse; Center Stage of Baltimore; and the Pittsburgh Public Theatre. King’s work earned him numerous nominations and awards over the years, including a 1988 NAACP Image Award for his direction of Checkmates, and 1993 Audelco Awards for Best Director and Best Play for his production of Robert Johnson: Trick The Devil; he also received an Obie Award for Sustained Achievement. King was awarded an honorary doctorate in humane letters from Wayne State University, and a doctorate of fine arts from the College of Wooster. In addition to his directing and producing of theater, King has written extensively about the theater industry; he has contributed to numerous magazines such as Black World, Variety, and The Tulane Drama Review, as well as authoring a number of books.
Members of The Ebony Hillbillies (Norris Bennett, banjo/vocals, and Henrique Prince, fiddle/vocals) to perform throughout the evening.
This show is taped and broadcast at a later date on public radio throughout the Northeast (WNYE, 91.5 FM in NYC).