Thursday, January 29, 2015
BROADWAY WORLD -- After graduating from Grinnell College with a Bachelor of Arts in English literature, Coyote moved to the West Coast to pursue a Master’s degree in Creative Writing at San Francisco State University. There he joined the radical street theatre, the San Francisco Mime Troupe, where he was soon acting, writing and directing. He directed the first cross-country to tour of “The Minstrel Show, Civil Rights in a Cracker Barrel,” a highly controversial piece closed by the authorities in several cities. The cast was arrested several times before a tour of eastern colleges and universities, ending triumphantly in New York City, where they were invited and sponsored by comedian Dick Gregory. The following year, a play, Olive Pits, that Peter co-wrote, directed and performed in, won a Special Obie from New York's Village Voice newspaper.