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  • 'Family' connections: How Phylicia Rashad found Stovall and his play set in Hyde Park

    'Family' connections:  How Phylicia Rashad found Stovall and his play set in Hyde Park
    When Phylicia Rashad was cast as a replacement Violet Weston in Anna D. Shapiro's Broadway production of Tracy Letts' "August: Osage County," the Broadway gossip boards were abuzz with the notion of casting an African-American actress, best known for playing Clair Huxtable on "The Cosby Show," in a play that seemed to be very specifically about a dysfunctional white family, interlopers on the prairie. To some, it was akin to casting a white actor in a play by August Wilson.
  • An enjoyable stay with 'Immediate Family'

    An enjoyable stay with 'Immediate Family'
    You do not spend eight years at the heart of "The Cosby Show," the seminal TV show that revived the sitcom genre in part by extending to its reach to affluent and successful African-Americans, without learning a thing or three about mining family...

    Phylicia Rashad to direct in Chicago

    Phylicia Rashad has signed on to direct a play called "Immediate Family," in a new commercial production to be staged this summer in rented space at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago. The play, which is produced by Paul Boskind, Ruth Hendel and Stephen...