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Star Tribune: Penumbra by the book

By Rohan Preston
Star Tribune

Mahala_Penumbra coverPenumbra Theatre is widely seen as the country’s foremost African-American theater company, one that nurtured and inspired playwright August Wilson and a raft of other writers, directors and actors.

Yet this citadel of black art, founded in 1976 by Lou Bellamy, has a history that is more than, well, black-and-white. In its early years, Penumbra was a multi-ethnic company, with administrators and talents of different races.

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