Date of Interview: 09/30/2010
David E. Talbert is one of the highest-grossing and most-recognizable brands in the world of touring comedies and musicals. In addition to being acknowledged as a “trailblazer” by the NAACP, which has bestowed Talbert with five awards over the years, he has also been honored as “Best Playwright” at the New York Literacy Awards. Such recognition, however, is the byproduct of 12 critically-acclaimed touring productions, which have broken box office records nationwide. His latest play – “What My Husband Doesn’t Know” – is set to begin its tour in February 2011.
In the midst of a promotional campaign for the DVD release of “Love in the Nick of Tyme,” David E. Talbert managed to squeeze some time out of his busy schedule and settle down for an interview with Clayton Perry – reflecting on his creative process, his musical collaboration with Vivian Green, and the influence of Neil Simon, August Wilson, and Spike Lee on his craft.