Frustration and resentment could have been the galvanizing qualities of Looking Over the President's Shoulder, as it views its protagonist's work as a servant to people who are powerful, white and sometimes racist-but instead Still's play takes its cue from its narrator, who advises the younger, angrier black men in the White House kitchen to be as humble as possible, ignore it, have pride in yourself. Allen was associate artistic director at the time, and, she recalls, "One day I walked into our cabaret and somebody said, 'There's this play Amber Waves that you should listen to, and this is the guy who wrote it.'" IRT would eventually commission Still to expand Amber Waves from one act to two and go on to produce it; then the theatre picked up his play The Secret History of the Future, which was, Wine Amber Waves, a Kennedy Center commission.
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