George C. Wolfe has been called everything from “the spectacular tornado” to “the keeper of African American culture”. Both of those would be right, but what is undeniable is this multiple Tony Award winning theatre legend has had a career hard to rival. Whether on Broadway directing iconic shows such as Angels In America , Bring In Da Funk Bring In Da Noise, Jelly’s Last Jam, Caroline Or Change, Shuffle Along, Top Dog Underdog, The Iceman Cometh and countless others, or whether it is at the movies with the Oscar winning Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, HBO’s Lackawanna Blues and more, Wolfe has succeeded in every area he has tried, and that includes his current and much acclaimed Netflix film, Rustin in which Colman Domingo delivers a much Oscar-buzzed performance as a Civil Rights organizer and activist who put together 1963’s immortal March On Washington (where Martin Luther King delivered his famous “I Have A Dream” speech.
Wolfe was also the Artistic Director of the New York Shakespeare Festival for 11 years, and even created exhibits for major museums on African American history among other talents (even acting in movies like The Devil Wears Prada). He joins me now for this week’s edition of my Deadline Video Series, Behind The Lens to talk about his remarkable career and why Rustin (Executive Produced by Barack and Michelle Obama) has become a major and important addition to his many laurels.
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