CLEVELAND (AP) - Black theaters in America often deal with struggles similar to their inner-city themes on stage.
Now these theaters increasingly find financial help through collaboration with mainstream theaters.
Karamu House of Cleveland has worked with high-powered theater companies, including a joint fundraiser and a shared workshop production with the Cleveland Play House.
Karamu House alumni include Emmy-winning actor Robert Guillaume and James Pickens Junior of "Grey's Anatomy."
In Minneapolis, the city's mainstream Guthrie Theater is presenting a production of the August Wilson play "Gem of the Ocean" produced by the black-oriented Penumbra Theater Company.