Dancing in the Dark

Today (10-28-05) Caryl Phillips appeared as a guest today 10-28-05 on the Diane Rehm show to discuss her new book "Dancing in the Dark"
Bert Williams became one of America's first black superstars during the vaudville era. Ms Phillips fictionalized account of the life of Bert Williams explores the contradictions between the man he was and the character he played on stage. W. C. Fields, star of the silent screen, called Bert Williams "the funniest man I ever saw and the saddest."