WATCH: Producer Alia M. Jones on Adding Color to ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’

The talented Broadway producer speaks on her mission of bringing more color to the Great White Way

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Mentored by the great Stephen Byrd, Alia M. Jones has had her hand in the revival of some of the theatre world’s greatest work. In 2008, she co-produced noted playwright Tennessee WilliamsCat On a Hot Tin Roof, which starred Terrence Howard, Phylicia Rashad, James Earl Jones, and Anika Noni Rose. Her latest project digs back into Williams’ catalog for the Broadway revival of A Streetcar Named Desire. Featuring an all-star cast–Blair Underwood, Nicole Ari Parker and Wood Harris–the production continues the modernization of classic plays by including primarily African American casts. caught up with Jones, who explains why featuring an all-Black cast is more true to the neighborhoods depicted and her experiences getting people of color on the stage and in the seats.

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  • Gary Anderson

    So, the message from these AFRICAN-AMERICAN PRODUCERS to AFRICAN-AMERICAN PLAYWRIGHTS is “Give up!!!” To make money we have to produce the works of white authors because that’s what the most people know. These producers are saying they cannot make money off new works or established plays by black writers. I have to shoehorn black people into the works of someone else who never intended for those works to be played this way. It is a shame.