Ishmael Reed: The Plays

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Ishmael Reed's career as one of our great playwrights has long been eclipsed by his other work. Here published for the first time, Reed's plays follow the ancient tradition of using the theater as a forum in which the official versions of our history can be critiqued. Dealing with subjects that mainstream theatergoers might find disturbing—homelessness, the arbitrary entrapment of a black politician, the excesses of the radical feminist movement, the use of black conservatives to promote right-wing agendas, the ...

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Overview

Ishmael Reed's career as one of our great playwrights has long been eclipsed by his other work. Here published for the first time, Reed's plays follow the ancient tradition of using the theater as a forum in which the official versions of our history can be critiqued. Dealing with subjects that mainstream theatergoers might find disturbing—homelessness, the arbitrary entrapment of a black politician, the excesses of the radical feminist movement, the use of black conservatives to promote right-wing agendas, the exploitation of blacks and Africans as unsuspecting guinea pigs by the pharmaceutical industry, and the hypocrisy of the Christian church—Reed's plays are a pungent antidote to the watered-down world of contemporary pop culture, where, Reed argues, minority voices remain as marginalized and stigmatized as they were a hundred years ago.

Dalkey Archive Press

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Editorial Reviews

New York Review of Books
“Reed’s gift is for the outrageous, for giving vivid expression to cultural controversies very much in the air . . . He is one of the most underrated writers in America.”
Backstage
“A modern day Molière.”
David Remnick - Washington Post
“Literature is lucky to have Ishmael Reed around. If only for the fun of it.”
James Baldwin
“A great writer.”
David Remnick
Literature is lucky to have Ishmael Reed around. If only for the fun of it.
Washington Post
Library Journal
Satire may be what closes on Saturday night, but it is nevertheless a powerful form of dramatic expression. In this first published collection of his plays, Reed takes on a half-dozen contemporary issues and causes, among them radical feminism (in Mother Hubbard) and religious hypocrisy (in The Preacher and the Rapper), in his distinctive style. Over the last few decades, this award-winning writer has explored a variety of racial and political issues in more than a score of novels (e.g., Mumbo Jumbo), books of poetry (e.g., Chattanooga), and essays (e.g., Airing Dirty Laundry). In The Oxford Companion to African American Literature, Reed is characterized as "one of the most original and controversial figures in the field of African American letters." He described his own work to Rebecca Carroll in Swing Low: Black Men Writing this way: "The main thing about my writing is that it is not like any other. I have always strived to be original." VERDICT Theatergoers, social critics, and fans of contemporary literature are natural audiences for this thought-provoking collection.—Carolyn M. Mulac, Chicago P.L.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781564785510
  • Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
  • Publication date: 9/2/2009
  • Series: American Literature Series
  • Pages: 540
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Ishmael Reed is the author of over twenty-five books—including Mumbo Jumbo, The Last Days of Louisiana Red, Yellow Back Radio Broke-Down and Juice!. He is also a publisher, television producer, songwriter, radio and television commentator, lecturer, and has long been devoted to exploring an alternative black aesthetic: the trickster tradition, or “Neo-Hoodooism” as he calls it. Founder of the Before Columbus Foundation, he taught at the University of California, Berkeley for over thirty years, retiring in 2005. In 2003, he received the coveted Otto Award for political theater.

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