Contemporary Plays by Women of Color

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Overview

Contemporary Plays by Women of Color is a ground-breaking anthology of eighteen new and recent works by African American, Asian American, Latina American and Native American playwrights. This compelling collection includes works by award-winning and well-known playwrights such as Anna Deavere Smith, Cherrie Moraga, Pearl Cleage, Marga Gomez and Spiderwoman, as well as many exciting newcomers.
Contemporary Plays by Women of Color is the first anthology to display such an abundance of talent from such a wide range of today's women playwrights. The plays tackle a variety of topics - from the playful to the painful - and represent numerous different approaches to playmaking.
The volume also includes:

• an invaluable appendix of published plays by women of color

• biographical notes on each writer

• the production history of each play
Contemporary Plays by Women of Color is a unique resource for practitioners, students and lovers of theatre, and an inspiring addition to any bookshelf.

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Collects 18 new and recent works by African-, Asian-, Latina-, and Native-American playwrights on topics both lighthearted and difficult. Includes an appendix of published plays by women, biographical notes on each writer, and the production history of each play. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415113786
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/28/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathy Perkins is a lighting designer and Associate Professor of Theatre at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign), where she heads the lighting design program. She is the editor of Black Female Playwrights: An Anthology of Plays Before 1950. Roberta Uno is the Artistic Director of the New World Theater and a lecturer in the Department of Theater at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She is the editor of Unbroken Thread: An Anthology of Plays by Asian American Women.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 The Queen's Garden 14
2 Re/membering Aunt Jemima: A Menstrual Show 32
3 Flyin' West 46
4 1992: Blood Speaks 79
5 Come Down Burning 90
6 The Have-Little 106
7 Till Voices Wake Us 127
8 How Else Am I Supposed to Know I'm Still Alive 158
9 Weebjob 168
10 Excerpts from Memory Tricks, Marga Gomez Is Pretty Witty & Gay, and A Line Around the Block 191
11 Inter-Tribal 199
12 Combination Skin 215
13 Heroes and Saints 230
14 My Ancestor's House 262
15 Excerpts from Twilight: Los Angeles 1992 280
16 R. A. W. ('Cause I'm a Woman) 289
17 Sun Moon and Feather 297
18 China Doll 310
Appendix: Published plays by American women of color 317
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