Openly gay director helms ‘Father Comes Home’
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?