Black Theatre USA: Plays
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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 firstMoreThis 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 Building on the well-respected first edition published in 1974, this edition features previously unpublished works including In Dahomey, Liberty Deferred, and Star of Ethiopia, and the Department of Interiors infamous 1918 food pageant. Contemporary plays by women have been added - Robbie McCauleys Sallys Rape, Anna Deavere Smiths Fires in the Mirror, and Aishah Rahmans The Mojo and the Sayso, as well as the modern classics - Ntozake Shanges Colored Girls..., Adrienne Kennedys Funnyhouse of a Negro, and Lorraine Hansberrys 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 Browns 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. Wolfes The Colored Museum, and Charles Fullers A Soldiers Play, as well as lesser-known masterpieces - Ben Caldwells The First Militant Preacher, Owen Dodsons The Confession Stone, and Ted Shines 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 Hills On Strivers Row and Douglas Turner Wards Day of Absence which mock the racism of both Blacks and Whites.