Black Theatre: Ritual Performance in the African Diaspora / Edition 1

Black Theatre: Ritual Performance in the African Diaspora / Edition 1

by Paul Carter Harrison, Gus Edwards, Victor Leo Walker
     
 

ISBN-10: 1566399440

ISBN-13: 9781566399449

Pub. Date: 05/20/2002

Publisher: Temple University Press

Generating a new understanding of the past—as well as a vision for the future—this path-breaking volume contains essays written by playwrights, scholars, and critics that analyze African American theatre as it is practiced today.

Even as they acknowledge that Black experience is not monolithic, these contributors argue provocatively and persuasively for a

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Generating a new understanding of the past—as well as a vision for the future—this path-breaking volume contains essays written by playwrights, scholars, and critics that analyze African American theatre as it is practiced today.

Even as they acknowledge that Black experience is not monolithic, these contributors argue provocatively and persuasively for a Black consciousness that creates a culturally specific theatre. This theatre, rooted in an African mythos, offers ritual rather than realism; it transcends the specifics of social relations, reaching toward revelation. The ritual performance that is intrinsic to Black theatre renews the community; in Paul Carter Harrison's words, it "reveals the Form of Things Unknown" in a way that "binds, cleanses, and heals."

Author Biography: Paul Carter Harrison is playwright in residence at the Theatre Center, Columbia College, Chicago. He is the author of several books including, The Drama of Nommo and the editor of several play anthologies. His play, The Great MacDaddy, received an Obie Award for playwriting.

Victor Leo Walker is Chief Executive Officer of the African Grove Institute for the Arts, Inc. and the author of The Cultural MatriX: Los Angeles Inner City Cultural Center, 1965 to 1998.

Gus Edwards teaches Film Studies and directs a multi-ethnic theatre program at Arizona State University. He has published two volumes of monologues from his plays including The Offering, Black Body Blues, and Louie & Ophelia. He is coeditor with Paul Carter Harrison of the anthology, Classic Plays from the Negro Ensemble Company.\

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781566399449
Publisher:
Temple University Press
Publication date:
05/20/2002
Edition description:
1
Pages:
464
Sales rank:
1,403,031
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Praise/Word1
Pt. IAfrican Roots
Introduction13
Roots in African Drama and Theatre18
The African Heritage of African American Art and Performance39
Agones: The Constitution of a Practice64
What the Twilight Says: An Overture88
Caribbean Narrative: Carnival Characters - In Life and in the Mind108
Rebaptizing the World in Our Own Terms: Black Theatre and Live Arts in Britain115
Pt. IIMythology and Metaphysics
Introduction131
The Fourth Stage: Through the Mysteries of Ogun to the Origin of Yoruba Tragedy140
The Candomble and Eshu-Eleggua in Brazilian and Cuban Yoruba-Based Ritual153
Legba and the Politics of Metaphysics: The Trickster in Black Drama167
Art for Life's Sake: Rituals and Rights of Self and Other in the Theatre of Aime Cesaire181
Sycorax Mythology209
Conjuring as Radical Re/Membering in the Works of Shay Youngblood227
Archetype and Masking in LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka's Dutchman236
Pt. IIIDramaturgical Practice
Introduction247
The Dramaturg's Way: Meditations on the Cartographer at the Crossroads251
Introduction to Moon Marked and Touched by Sun257
Kennedy's Travelers in the American and African Continuum273
Mojo and the Sayso: A Drama of Nommo That Asks, "Is Your Mojo Working?"285
Ritual Poetics and Rites of Passage in Ntozake Shange's for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf296
Pt. IVPerformance
Introduction313
Form and Transformation: Immanence of the Soul in the Performance Modes of Black Church and Black Music316
The Sense of Self in Ritualizing New Performance Spaces for Survival332
Barbara Ann Teer: From Holistic Training to Liberating Rituals345
Bopera Theory378
From Hip-Hop to Hittite: Part X382
Members and Lames: Language in the Plays of August Wilson388
Porque Tu No M'entrende? Whatcha Mean You Can't Understand Me?397
Performance Method400
Afterword: Testimony of a Witness409
About the Contributors415
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