The Playgoer: Lloyd Richards, RIP

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Friday, June 30, 2006

Lloyd Richards, RIP

Lloyd Richards--whose directing milestones ranged from "Raisin in the Sun" to "discovering" August Wilson--has died. The announcement is being circulated by Yale Drama, who says he passed away last night.

A major figure not just in African Amercian theatre (he was one of the first black directors to work on Broadway) but in the latter 20th Century American theatre as a whole, having reigned over three hugely influential institutions: the Yale Repertory Theatre, Yale School of Drama, and the O'Neill Playwrights Conference.

The obits should be interesting reads tomorrow.

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