Black Theatre USA, V2: Plays by African Americans 1935-Today

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This revised and expanded Black Theatre U.S.A. broadens its collection to fifty-one outstanding plays, enhancing its status as the most authoritative anthology of African American drama with 22 new selections. Building on the well-respected first edition published in 1974, this edition features previously unpublished works including In Dahomey, Liberty Deferred, and Star of Ethiopia, and the Department of Interior's infamous 1918 food pageant. Contemporary plays by women have been added - Robbie McCauley's ...
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Overview

This revised and expanded Black Theatre U.S.A. broadens its collection to fifty-one outstanding plays, enhancing its status as the most authoritative anthology of African American drama with 22 new selections. Building on the well-respected first edition published in 1974, this edition features previously unpublished works including In Dahomey, Liberty Deferred, and Star of Ethiopia, and the Department of Interior's infamous 1918 food pageant. Contemporary plays by women have been added - Robbie McCauley's Sally's Rape, Anna Deavere Smith's Fires in the Mirror, and Aishah Rahman's The Mojo and the Sayso, as well as the modern classics - Ntozake Shange's Colored Girls..., Adrienne Kennedy's Funnyhouse of a Negro, and Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun. The range of this collection extends from 1847 to 1992, including the great names in the African American pantheon of writers - Paul Laurence Dunbar, W. E. B. Du Bois, Angelina Grimke, Zora Neale Hurston, Langston Hughes, Richard Wright, and James Baldwin. The chronology begins with William Wells Brown's The Escape: or, a Leap for Freedom, based on his own life as an escaped slave. Two expatriot authors, Ira Aldridge and Victor Sejour, provide glimpses of life in Europe, while at home, playwrights struggled with the issues of birth control, miscegenation, lynching, and migration. The book embraces both commercial successes such as George C. Wolfe's The Colored Museum, and Charles Fuller's A Soldier's Play, as well as lesser-known masterpieces - Ben Caldwell's The First Militant Preacher, Owen Dodson's The Confession Stone, and Ted Shine's Contribution. The stylistic range, too, runs the gamut of genre from the realism of Ted Ward, Lonne Elder III, and Ed Bullins to the surrealism of Marita Bonner and Aishah Rahman. Comedy is present in Abram Hill's On Strivers Row and Douglas Turner Ward's Day of Absence which mock the racism of both Blacks and Whites.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780684823072
  • Publisher: Free Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/1996
  • Edition description: Revised and Expanded Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 584,961
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
The Early Period
The Recent Period
Acknowledgments
The Black Doctor 3
The Brown Overcoat 25
The Escape, or, A Leap for Freedom 35
In Dahomey 63
Star of Ethiopia 86
Why We Are at War 92
Appearances 95
Rachel 133
Mine Eyes Have Seen 169
Aftermath 175
They That Sit in Darkness 182
For Unborn Children 188
The Church Fight 193
Undertow 197
The Purple Flower 206
The Deacon's Awakening 216
Balo 223
A Sunday Morning in the South 231
'Cruiter 238
Old Man Pete 246
Job Hunters 259
Don't You Want To Be Free? 266
Big White Fog 284
The First One 327
Graven Images 334
Natural Man 342
A Soldier's Play 364
Liberty Deferred 394
Mulatto 412
Native Son 432
Take a Giant Step 475
A Raisin in the Sun 512
Ceremonies in Dark Old Men 555
The Tumult and the Shouting 589
Limitations of Life 631
On Strivers Row 634
Day of Absence 672
The Amen Corner 691
The Confession Stone 724
Funnyhouse of a Negro 741
Wine in the Wilderness 752
for colored girls who have considered suicide... 771
Sally's Rape 776
Dutchman 789
Goin' a Buffalo 800
Prayer Meeting: Or, The First Militant Preacher 827
Contribution 831
Blk Love Song #1 840
The Colored Museum 859
The Mojo and the Sayso 881
Fires in the Mirror 899
Bibliographies 909
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