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'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.
June 1, 2012