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A broadcast of the debate between playwright AUGUST WILSON and critic ROBERT BRUSTEIN over mul...

A broadcast of the debate between playwright AUGUST WILSON and critic ROBERT BRUSTEIN over multiculturalism and the theater. The discussion is moderated by actress, playwright, and performance artist ANNA DEAVERE SMITH. Wilson, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and author of the well-known play "Fences" says the modern theater system jeopardizes the values of black actors because it is dominated by white society. Brustein, the American Repertory Theater's artistic director and the theater critic of "The New Republic," claims Wilson's ideas encourage black separatism. The debate was held at New York's Town Hall on January 27, and is a follow-up of the past year's growing discussion between the two men in theater magazines. (THIS INTERVIEW CONTINUES INTO THE SECOND HALF OF THE SHOW)12:28:30 FORWARD PROMO (:29)12:29:00 I.D. BREAK (:59)12:30:00 TOWN HALL discussion continues. TOWN HALL discussion continues. 12:58:30 NEXT SHOW PROMO (:29) PROMO COPYOn today's Fresh air — multiculturalism and the theater. A broadcast of the discussion between Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright AUGUST WILSON and theater critic ROBERT BRUSTEIN (Bru-STEEN) about the racial politics of American theater. Actress and playwright ANNA DEAVERE (DUH-veer) SMITH moderates the debate. The discussion was held at New York's Town Hall last week. That's coming up on Fresh Air.

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