Katori Hall Makes It to ‘The Mountaintop’

By DUSTIN FITZHARRIS
Nov. 13, 2011

At 30 years old, playwright Katori Hall finally feels comfortable in her own skin. As an African-American growing up in a predominately white neighborhood in Memphis, Tenn., Hall said she was always trying to be the “good” version of herself.

For years she was like a character in a play, presenting herself in a variety of ways depending on the scene and the people in it. Now as “The Mountaintop,” her play starring Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett, has landed a home on Broadway, Hall is no longer creating roles to please others.

“You think you’re supposed to hide your quote on quote blackness,” Hall said about how she once thought. “Now I’m more settled into who Katori is. I embrace that aspect of my culture, my history and my background. I’m actually the same person in front of a black person as I am in front of a white person. I’m very authentic. Very southern. A little sister girlish.”…to read more, click here.

 

Written on November 15th, 2011 , Media
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