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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
#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.
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
JOE TURNER's COME AND GONE!!
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.