Action: The Nuyorican Poets Cafe Theater Festival

Overview

For nearly twenty-five years, poets, writers, artists, actors, directors, and an ever-growing audience have flocked to New York's landmark Nuyorican Poets Cafe, a breeding ground and showcase for some of the most original and energetic new works of theater being produced today, as well as a community gathering place. Now, for the first time, twenty original plays, monologues, and performance pieces that debuted at the Nuyorican are gathered together in Action, edited by Cafe founder Miguel Algarin and codirector ...

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Overview

For nearly twenty-five years, poets, writers, artists, actors, directors, and an ever-growing audience have flocked to New York's landmark Nuyorican Poets Cafe, a breeding ground and showcase for some of the most original and energetic new works of theater being produced today, as well as a community gathering place. Now, for the first time, twenty original plays, monologues, and performance pieces that debuted at the Nuyorican are gathered together in Action, edited by Cafe founder Miguel Algarin and codirector Lois Griffith. Featuring the works of such well-known writers as Miguel Pinero, Ishmael Reed, Amiri Baraka, and Ntozake Shange, as well as emerging names such as Frank Perez, Eugene Rodriguez, Gloria Feliciano, and Janice Astor del Valle, this anthology brings together a dazzling and potent chorus of talented voices. Action gives readers a front-row seat for some of the best theater in America and celebrates diversity in the dramatic arts.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765544599
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/21/1997
  • Pages: 551

Table of Contents

Foreword: Life Action
Introduction
Life During Wartime 2
Hubba City 40
Howya Doin' Franky Banana 69
The Election Machine Warehouse 120
Playland Blues 140
Estorias del Barrio: Un Ghost 198
Estorias del Barrio: Special People of International Character 204
Just the Boys 218
Between Blessings 237
The Preacher and the Rapper 258
The Crime 284
White Sirens 292
Amor de Mis Amores 315
Chapter & Verse 324
I Live in Music 352
Transplantations: Straight and Other Jackets Para Mi 373
Savage Wilds 396
El Cabron 422
The Goong Hay Kid 464
Primitive World: An Anti-Nuclear Jazz Musical 496
Afterword 537
Contributors 547
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