Quoting William Shakespeare is a little like breathing: every living person does it. "He's dead as a doornail," your roommate will say as she flips through the newspaper obits, never realizing she's just quoted part of a couplet from Henry VI.
It was exciting to read that Gregory Doran will become the new Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company. Greg is a wonderful director whose insightful productions have graced the stages of the Kennedy Center during my tenure.
The importance of cultural tourism in England is astonishing, the level of theater, opera, symphony and dance performance is extraordinary, the museums are crowded and the export of arts of all kinds is thriving.
McCraney has made an unusual journey in his life -- from the slums of Miami, where his crack-addicted mother died of AIDS and his brother ended up in jail, to writer-in-residence at the Royal Shakespeare Company.