Farewell to Hal DeWindt, founder of the American Theatre of Harlem in NYC and artistic director of L.A.'s Inner City Repertory Company. According to the NY Post, DeWindt was 63 when he died of cancer, June 16. DeWindt strove for multi-racial casting at the Los Angeles theatre and also helped Leonard Bernstein bring black musicians to the NY Philharmonic. As a producer, he helpd Arthur Mitchell bring Dance Theatre of Harlem to Broadway.
DeWindt also an actor and playwright, appeared in a staging of Kurt Weill's Lost In The Stars at City Center. His Hansberry spoof, Raisin' Hell In The Son, was mounted Off-Broadway.
--By David Lefkowitz