WAM April 14-15 Robert Chafe
It’s safe to say that Lanier Phillips’ life had two distinct chapters. Before St. Lawrence. And after St. lawrence. His story that has become part of us. A man shipwrecked in a winter storm off the coast of Newfoundland forty years ago. A black man whose relationship to white people had been built on the subservience they were subjected to in 1940’s America. Last winter Artistic Fraud Theatre group turned the Lanier Phillips story into a play that delighted and moved audiences at the LSPU Hall. Now the play is set to open in Toronto next week. I caught up with playwright Robert Chafe in rehearsals there.