Watch Camille A. Brown and Jade King Carroll talk to August Wilson Red Door Project Founder Kevin Jones, filmed on the set of King Hedley II at Portland Playhouse

The August Wilson Red Door Project interviewed choreographer Camille A. Brown and director Jade King Carroll about their upcoming shows in Portland, OR. Brown is the creator of “Mr. TOL E. RanCE,” a 45-minute dance suite that examines historic and current minstrelsy, inspired by Spike Lee’s Bamboozled. White Bird presents “Mr. TOL E. RaNCE,” Dec. 6 – 8, at PSU’s Lincoln Hall. Carroll is the director of August Wilson’s King Hedley II, on stage at Portland Playhouse Dec. 8 – 30.

We asked the two women about their upcoming shows, their roles as black female leaders and artists, and what audiences can look forward to after each performance.

The August Wilson Red Door Project will facilitate a talkback after the Saturday, Dec 8 performance of “Mr. TOL E. RanCE.” We’ll also be present for a talkback after the Dec 23rd matinee of King Hedley II. Can’t make it to the talkback? Tell us your thoughts about each performance, the interview, or the artists behind the shows in the comments below.

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