By Corrie Glanville
Robbie McCauley’s remarkable career spans four decades and throughout Sugar she recalls the actors, writers and directors who changed her life. Here is just a few names you should know:
Although many might know Debbie Allen from her role as dance teacher Lydia Grant in the film and television series, Fame, Allen spent years on stage as an actress, singer and choreographer in such musicals as Raisin, Sweet Charity and scored a Tony nomination for her role as Anita in the 1980 revival of West Side Story.
Considered part of the new wave of talented young directors in the 1970s that include Martin Scorcese, Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas, Peter Bogdanovich emerged as a major force in Hollywood at age 32 with his third film, The Last Picture Show. In addition to his illustrious directing career, Bogdanovich has also acted in a number of films, co-produced The Godfather I & II with Coppola and has written over a dozen books on American cinema.
For over 30 years, Laurie Carlos has been a prominent figure in the New York avant-garde performance scene; along with being an Obie and Bessie Award-winning actress and choreographer, her plays can be found in numerous dramatic anthologies. In addition to working with Robbie McCauley, Carlos has also helmed the productions of Suzan Lori-Parks, Sharon Bridgeforth and Daniel Alexander Jones. Currently, she is the co-artistic director of Movin’ Spirits Dance Theatre Company.
In his 2003 obituary, the New York Times pronounced that for over four decades Joseph Chaikin “was as significant a figure as the American theater has yet produced.” Actor, director, writer and founder of Open Theatre, Chaikin won six Obie awards and inspired countless theatre artists here and abroad.