Lloyd Richards (Finding Aid)

Lloyd Richards

1919 - 2006

Favorite Color: Blue or Forest Green

Favorite Food: Lobster and Spare Ribs

Favorite Time of Year: Fall

Favorite Vacation Spot: My Backyard

Interview Length: 170 minutes

Interview Date(s): September 11, 2001

Interview Location(s): New York, New York

Abstract

Lloyd Richards remembers his parents and his family background, including his West Indian heritage. He also shares memories of growing up in Toronto and Detroit.

Lloyd Richards remembers his youth in Detroit and his budding interest in the theater. He recalls his college experiences at Wayne State University and his brief stint in the army during World War II. Richards then discusses his early career as a social worker and his first theater company.

Lloyd Richards recalls his early career with The Actors Company in Detroit. He recounts moving to New York to pursue his interest in acting, and relates some of the lessons he learned there.

Lloyd Richards details his career progression to his Broadway debut in 'Freight,' and his transition to directing. He remembers his friendship with Sidney Poitier, who first introduced him to Lorraine Hansberry and her play, 'A Raisin in the Sun.'

Lloyd Richards details the casting, production, tour, and rave reviews of Lorraine Hansberry's 'A Raisin in the Sun.'

Lloyd Richards recalls his partnership with playwrights such as Wole Soyinka and August Wilson. He also recounts his experiences as artistic director of the National Playwrights' Conference and as dean of the Yale University School of Drama. Richards concludes by reflecting on the course of his career and his legacy.

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