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BWW Review: 18 for 2018: The Best Local Shows & Performances of the Year | Broadway World Tampa/St Petersburg  by Peter Nason | Dec 26, 2018

"Best Plays:

#3 BETWEEN RIVERSIDE & CRAZY ...spotlighting one of the single finest performances of the year: L. Peter Callender |  #7 A RAISIN IN THE SUN [directed by L. Peter Callender] ... I doubt that I will find a better production of A RAISIN IN THE SUN anytime soon.


Best Performances:

L. Peter Callender in BETWEEN RIVERSIDE & CRAZY [American Stage]

Callender's deep, raspy, commanding voice, and his withered body, as if the world was weighted on top of his shoulders, combined to create one of the more fascinating characters of modern drama.



African-American Shakespeare Company Casts Theater Classic in a New Light | CBS SF Bay Area

by Christin Ayers and Jennifer Mistrot | March 25, 2018

"When the lights go up [on A Streetcar Named Desire], I want them to sit for a second and think about what they saw,” said Callender. “Not just because it was a primarily all-black cast. Certainly they’ll see that. But I want them to say ‘Wow! I’ve never heard that line spoken that way before or this company exists? Holy cow! I want to come back!'"



9 Theatre Tampa Bay Award 
Nominations for 


Outstanding Featured Actor, Play >$500K

Richard B Watson, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone – American Stage

Satchel Andre, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone – American Stage


Outstanding Costume Design >$500K

Frank Chavez, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone – American Stage


Outstanding Lighting Design >$500K

Joseph Oshry, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone – American Stage


Outstanding Set Design >$500K

Scott Cooper, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone – American Stage


Outstanding Lead Actor, Play >$500K

Calvin M Thompson, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone – American Stage

Kim Sullivan, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone – American Stage


Outstanding Director, Play >$500K

L. Peter Callender, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone – American Stage


Outstanding Production, Play >$500 K

Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, American Stage

African-American Shakespeare Company drives 'Jitney' onto the stage | Bay Area Plays 

By David John Chavez | March 30, 2017


L. Peter Callender understands why “Jitney” is such a revered piece in pantheon of Wilson’s greatest works. Callender, who is directing the play and portrays Becker, sees the parallels between Wilson and another iconic playwright.


Year in Review: My Favorite Plays of 2016 | The Conical Glass 

By Sue Trowbridge | December 23, 2016


You know who starred in this play? L. Peter Callender, that’s who. Seriously, the man was everywhere in 2016.


L. Peter Callender isn't playing it safe | SF Chronicle

By Emily Wilson | November 2, 2016


L. Peter Callender takes on a lot. Besides being artistic director of San Francisco’s African American Shakespeare Company, he regularly appears in shows with companies including Berkeley Repertory, Marin Theatre Company and California Shakespeare Theater, where he is an associate artist.


Catching Excellence | The Monthly

By Mike Rosen-Molina | July 7, 2014


The responsibility is awesome. You put everything you believe in on stage, and you have to just say 'This is my taste; I hope you like it.' If I were to buy a ticket for this show, I would like it. That's my barometer. If this were an art piece, would I hang it in my house? As long as you feel your best, let it fly....

But helming African-American Shakespeare is more than just a chance to stage great theater. For [me], it's part of a continuing lifelong ambition to demonstrate the talents and abilities of African-American actors.



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