“Not an August Wilson Kind of Boyhood: Billy Porter Tells His Own Story in ‘While I Yet Live’”
In the Sunday edition of the New York Times, Patrick Healy writes an endearing portrait of School of Drama alumnus Billy Porter and his Broadway Career:
‘When Billy Porter was a freshman at Carnegie Mellon University, he took an unusual approach to an essay for a history class. Instead of topic sentences and footnotes, he wrote a short story about a fictional character on a quest that covered the points of the assignment. He no longer remembers the specifics — it was 1987 — but he has never forgotten his professor’s reaction.
“He failed me, and he wrote on the paper, ‘Leave your drama in acting class,’ ” said Mr. Porter, who was a theater major. “I didn’t write a grocery list for 15 years.”’
The story goes on to discuss Porter’s career leading up to the current production of his autobiographical play, While I Yet Live.