WTF: Are the Berkshires ready for Katori Hall’s Satire on Race and Class? [Berkshire on Stage]
Rehearsals began today, and the full cast announced for the World Premiere of WHADDABLOODCLOT!!! which begins previews at the Williamstown Theatre Festival on August 8 and will run until August 19th on the Nikos Stage.
It’s a new play by Katori Hall, who was a relatively obscure new playwright until recently, and she is making waves in the theatre world. Hall’s The Mountaintop, an 80-minute period piece about Martin Luther King’s final night before his assassination, came and went on Broadway. Our colleague, Charles Giuliano was probably the only Berkshire critic to see it in New York, and he wrote an intense, probing review. (Link)
When she spoke with the U.K.’s Guardian, Hall noted that “There have been a ton of plays that are showing more variety from black playwrights. My own influences are all over the place” Like? “Everyone expects me to say August Wilson, Sam Shepard, Arthur Miller. But I don’t read many plays. I prefer to get my inspiration from visual art, from people like Henri Cartier-Bresson, and from writers like Tom Wolfe – and he’s an old white Republican! “
Hall is a journalist turned actor-cum-writer from Memphis, Tennessee and does not traffic in the tried and true theatrical themes. Get a load of the premise for WHADDABLOODCLOT!!!.