Openly gay direc­tor helms ‘Fa­ther Comes Home’

GA Voice - - Outspoken -

The works of Suzan-Lori Parks are not just thought-pro­vok­ing and deeply lay­ered, but highly dec­o­rated as well. Her “Top­dog/Un­der­dog” won a Pulitzer and “Fa­ther Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2 and 3)” was a fi­nal­ist for that award as well. Ac­tor’s Ex­press is stag­ing the lat­ter, in which a slave named Hero fol­lows his mas­ter into the Civil War. We caught up with the pro­duc­tion’s openly gay direc­tor, Martin Damien Wilkins – who grew up the son of min­is­ters in Char­lotte, North Carolina – to talk about the pow­er­ful themes of the show and how he came to stage it.

Hello, Martin. How did the di­rect­ing gig come up?

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