African American Theater: A Cultural Companion

African American Theater: A Cultural Companion

by Glenda Dicker/sun
     
 

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Written in a clear, accessible, storytelling style, African American Theater will shine a bright new light on the culture which has historically nurtured and inspired Black Theater. Functioning as an interactive guide for students and teachers, African American Theater takes the reader on a journey to discover how social realities impacted the playsSee more details below

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Written in a clear, accessible, storytelling style, African American Theater will shine a bright new light on the culture which has historically nurtured and inspired Black Theater. Functioning as an interactive guide for students and teachers, African American Theater takes the reader on a journey to discover how social realities impacted the plays dramatists wrote and produced.

The journey begins in 1850 when most African people were enslaved in America. Along the way, cultural milestones such as Reconstruction, the Harlem Renaissance and the Black Freedom Movement are explored. The journey concludes with a discussion of how the past still plays out in the works of contemporary playwrights like August Wilson and Suzan-Lori Parks.

African American Theater moves unsung heroes like Robert Abbott and Jo Ann Gibson Robinson to the foreground, but does not neglect the race giants. For actors looking for material to perform, the book offers exercises to create new monologues and scenes. Rich with myths, history and first person accounts by ordinary people telling their extraordinary stories, African American Theater will entertain while it educates.

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"If I had possessed Professor Dicker/sun's 'Companion' forty-oneyears ago, it would have saved me hundreds of research hours. Herbook answers all the questions my students asked about blacktheatre. In addition Dicker/sun challenges her readers withquestions she does not answer, 'Food for Thought.' All teachers andscholars of African American theater should own this book. It's aneducation."
James Hatch, City University New York

"Glenda Dicker/sun presents us with more than the history of theAfrican American Theater; she challenges us to join her in anongoing creative process of illuminating, recording andunderstanding 'ourstory' and 'yourstory'. She asks us to absorb theroles of our ancestors, to get a taste of their times, theirchoices, their fears and their joys. African American Theater: ACultural Companion strengthens one's sense of the individualand collective selves that currently perform one or more roles inthe perpetual drama that is humanity."
Charles OyamO Gordon, playwright

"With this volume Glenda Dicker/sun shares her great wealth ofartistic expertise and historical knowledge to inspire the creativeimpulse in readers of all ages. Drawing on the stories, plays,poetry, films, and music that reflect and enhance the history ofblack life in America, Dicker/sun provides a welcoming open spacefor each reader to insert his or her own performance into theongoing production."
Judith Stephens-Lorenz, Penn State University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745657790
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
08/23/2013
Series:
PCHL-Polity Cultural History of Literature
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
1,133,507
File size:
7 MB

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