I worked at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, lived there for three years, and lived in Baltimore for 12 years.
A lot of cats in New Orleans, very soulful, very soulful musicians and they assume that they're singers. And they just make that assumption. And so when there's a little intonation problem, people are very forgiving of them because they heard how soulful they play.
I would love to do an anthology show based on the character of Jesse B. Semple that Langston Hughes wrote about. He's sort of a Forrest Gump character in the midst of 20th century Harlem.
We always see abhorrent behavior and say why, but then we get mad when somebody tries to answer.