Contemporary African American Women Playwrights

'The impressive array of scholars gathered in this collection, all experts in the field, read the plays with nuance and situate them deftly within their cultural and historical contexts.

Contemporary African American Women Playwrights

'The impressive array of scholars gathered in this collection, all experts in the field, read the plays with nuance and situate them deftly within their cultural and historical contexts. Scholars of contemporary theater and drama and of African American literature will find value in this engaging collection.' – Choice 'For students and scholars of American theatre and drama generally and African American theatre and drama most particularly, this is an extremely valuable critical source.' – Harry Elam, Stanford University, USA In the last fifty years, American and World theatre has been challenged and enriched by the rise to prominence of numerous female African American dramatists. Contemporary African American Women Playwrights is the first critical volume to explore the contexts and influences of these writers, and their exploration of black history and identity through a wealth of diverse, courageous and visionary dramas. Kolin compiles a wealth of new essays, comprising: Yale scholar David Krasner on the dramatic legacy of Lorraine Hansberry, Zora Neale Hurston, Marita Bonner and Georgia Douglas Johnson individual chapters devoted to: Alice Childress, Sonia Sanchez, Adrienne Kennedy, Ntozake Shange, Pearl Cleage, Aishah Rahman, Glenda Dickerson, Anna Deavere Smith and Suzan Lori-Parks an essay and accompanying interview with Lynn Nottage comprehensive discussion of attendant theatrical forms, from choreopoems and surrealistic plays, to documentary theatre and civil rights dramas, and their use in challenging racial and gender hierarchies. Contributors: Brandi Wilkins Catanese, Soyica Diggs, James Fisher, Freda Scott Giles, Joan Wylie Hall, Philip C. Kolin, David Krasner, Sandra G. Shannon, Debby Thompson, Beth Turner and Jacqueline Wood.

Black Women Playwrights

First published in 1999. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Black Women Playwrights

First published in 1999. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Strange Orphans

 Strange Orphans


Their Place on the Stage

This is the first book-length study of black American women playwrights.

Their Place on the Stage

"This is the first book-length study of black American women playwrights. It will be useful to scholars in the fields of black and women's literature and an excellent source of background reading in graduate and undergraduate courses on American women playwrights. The author's training as both a scholar and a playwright is evident in this book." Choice

Contemporary African American Female Playwrights

This reference book sheds light on the achievement of these playwrights and directs researchers to studies of their works.

Contemporary African American Female Playwrights

Though Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun (1959) raised the world's awareness of the abilities of African American female playwrights, both the theater and the literary world often have neglected to include contemporary African American women dramatists within the circle of production, publication, and criticism. This reference book sheds light on the achievement of these playwrights and directs researchers to studies of their works. The first section includes a selected listing of anthologies that contain one or more plays by an African American female dramatist who has published at least one play since 1959. The second provides entries for reference works and for general and scholarly criticism about the dramatists and their plays. The third gives a selected listing of individual dramatists' published plays, with summaries of each drama; the dramatists' primary works related to drama; and secondary works that treat the dramatists and their plays. Entries are accompanied by concise yet informative annotations. The volume closes with a selected listing of periodicals that typically publish criticism of African American female playwrights, brief biographical sketches of the dramatists, and extensive indexes.

African Women Playwrights

For the first time, a distinctive collection of plays by African women published in English

African Women Playwrights

For the first time, a distinctive collection of plays by African women published in English

Wines in the Wilderness

An index completes the work. This collection represents an effort to make available plays written by black women that have not been published or are now out of print.

Wines in the Wilderness

For those whose familiarity with black women playwrights is limited to the works of Lorraine Hansberry and Ntozake Shange, this collection of 15 plays written between 1925 and 1985 by eight authors will be a revelation. They express a passionate longing for social justice and for a stable, nurturing relationship between black men and women. Introductions for each author provide biographical information and critical analyses. A useful bibliography of plays and secondary sources is also included. This anthology helps to fill a serious gap in the standard histories of American drama. Library Journal Wines in the Wilderness brings together thirteen plays by black women from the 1920s to the present, including works by Marita Bonner, Georgia Douglas Johnson, Eulalie Spence, May Miller, Shirley Graham, Alice Childress, Sonia Sanchez, Sybil Kein, and Elizabeth Brown-Guillory. The plays and dramatists selected are representative of and have made considerable contributions to African American theater. Although the works of these playwrights span over sixty years, they are closely linked by the theme of women struggling to define their roles in society. The heroines speak out against interracial and intraracial biases, stereotyping, lynch mobs, illiteracy, poverty, promiscuity, self-righteousness, abusive men, rape, and miscegenation. Each play is preceded by a critical introduction that includes biographical information, an assessment of the playwright's contributions to black theater, and a synopsis and critical analysis of the play. The bibliography that follows the plays provides selected lists of published plays, produced plays, and anthologies. An index completes the work. This collection represents an effort to make available plays written by black women that have not been published or are now out of print. In recovering these plays, scholars will now be able to take a close look at the contributions that black women dramatists have made not only to African American theater, but to American theater in general.

Black Female Playwrights

" -- Theatre Journal The need to acknowledge these works was the impetus behind this volume. Perkins has selected nineteen plays from seven writers who were among the major dramatizers of the black experience during this early period.

Black Female Playwrights

"Fine reading and a superb resource." -- Ms. "Highly recommended." -- Library Journal "Perkins has chosen the plays well, and her issue-oriented introduction places the women and their works in a literary and historical context." -- Choice "As well as being centered on the black experience, the plays in Black Female Playwrights are centered on the female experience." -- Voice Literary Supplement "Perkins' anthology is valuable for a number of reasons... Perkins' book (which includes a bibliography of plays and pageants by black women before 1950 as well as a selected bibliography of critical works) is a major help in providing access to [the world of black drama]." -- Theatre Journal The need to acknowledge these works was the impetus behind this volume. Perkins has selected nineteen plays from seven writers who were among the major dramatizers of the black experience during this early period. As forerunners to the activist black theater of the 1950s and 1960s, these plays represent a critical stage in the development of black drama in the United States.

9 Plays by Black Women

Collection of nine plays written by African-American women including Lorraine Hansberry, Aishah Rahman, and Alice Childress.

9 Plays by Black Women

Collection of nine plays written by African-American women including Lorraine Hansberry, Aishah Rahman, and Alice Childress.

Peculiar Passages

Looks at the works of African American women playwrights, including Zora Neale Hurston, Alice Childress, Pauline Hopkins, and May Miller.

Peculiar Passages

Looks at the works of African American women playwrights, including Zora Neale Hurston, Alice Childress, Pauline Hopkins, and May Miller.

African American Women Playwrights Confront Violence

"This critical and gender-focused text scrutinizes the role of lynching dramas and social protest plays produced by African-American women"--Provided by publisher.

African American Women Playwrights Confront Violence

"This critical and gender-focused text scrutinizes the role of lynching dramas and social protest plays produced by African-American women"--Provided by publisher.

African American Women Playwrights

Black World 25 (April 1976): 28-34. Molette believes that the reason why few
African-American women playwrights get their plays produced is because they “
are at the mercy of various media brokers,” the producers and publishers (usually
 ...

African American Women Playwrights

First Published in 1999. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

The Cambridge Companion to American Women Playwrights

9 MARGARET B. WILKERSON From Harlem to Broadway : African American
women playwrights at mid - century World War II ended in 1945 , ushering in a
mid - century decade of major change in the world and especially in the United
States ...

The Cambridge Companion to American Women Playwrights

A collection of interpretive essays on American women playwrights.

The Cambridge Companion to African American Theatre

With contributions from the leading scholars in the field, this Companion provides a comprehensive and accessible overview of African American theatre, from the early nineteenth century to the present day.

The Cambridge Companion to African American Theatre

With contributions from the leading scholars in the field, this Companion provides a comprehensive and accessible overview of African American theatre, from the early nineteenth century to the present day. Along the way, it chronicles the evolution of African American theatre and its engagement with the wider community.

Women Playwrights of Diversity

Includes biographical sketches, play synopses, production histories, and bibliographical information for more than 80 contemporary women playwrights who present African American, Latina, Asian American, and lesbian perpectives.

Women Playwrights of Diversity

Includes biographical sketches, play synopses, production histories, and bibliographical information for more than 80 contemporary women playwrights who present African American, Latina, Asian American, and lesbian perpectives.

Contemporary Women Playwrights

She has two edited books on Latina/o Canadian theatre and performance
forthcoming with Playwrights Canada Press ... South Atlantic Quarterly, and
Theatre Topics and the collections Contemporary African American Women
Playwrights: A ...

Contemporary Women Playwrights

Breaking new ground in this century, this wide-ranging collection of essays is the first of its kind to address the work of contemporary international women playwrights. The book considers the work of established playwrights such as Caryl Churchill, Marie Clements, Lara Foot-Newton, Maria Irene Fornes, Sarah Kane, Lisa Kron, Young Jean Lee, Lynn Nottage, Suzan-Lori Parks, Djanet Sears, Caridad Svich, and Judith Thompson, but it also foregrounds important plays by many emerging writers. Divided into three sections—Histories, Conflicts, and Genres—the book explores such topics as the feminist history play, solo performance, transcultural dramaturgies, the identity play, the gendered terrain of war, and eco-drama, and encompasses work from the United States, Canada, Latin America, Oceania, South Africa, Egypt, and the United Kingdom. With contributions from leading international scholars and an introductory overview of the concerns and challenges facing women playwrights in this new century, Contemporary Women Playwrights explores the diversity and power of women's playwriting since 1990, highlighting key voices and examining crucial critical and theoretical developments within the field.

The Creators

The Creators examines the careers of award-winning African-American playwrights Lynn Nottage, Suzan-Lori Parks, and Alice Childress. Learn about each playwright's formative years, accomplishments, and literary works.

The Creators

The Creators examines the careers of award-winning African-American playwrights Lynn Nottage, Suzan-Lori Parks, and Alice Childress. Learn about each playwright's formative years, accomplishments, and literary works. Project Webster represents a new publishing paradigm, allowing disparate content sources to be curated into cohesive, relevant, and informative books. To date, this content has been curated from Wikipedia articles and images under Creative Commons licensing, although as Project Webster continues to increase in scope and dimension, more licensed and public domain content is being added. We believe books such as this represent a new and exciting lexicon in the sharing of human knowledge.

American Women Playwrights 1900 1950

Opportunities for African - American Women Playwrights by Ted Shine This book
focuses on women playwrights between 1900 and 1950 , and includes several
African - American women who sought through their works to present an honest ...

American Women Playwrights  1900 1950

This book presents an analysis of the many plays written by women in the American theatre in the first half of the century. Such playwrights as Rachel Crothers, Zona Gale, Susan Glaspell, Edna Ferber, and Lillian Hellman were popular and successful contributors to the stage. Many of their plays won such awards as the Pulitzer Prize, the Drama Critics Circle Award, and Tony Awards. The plays are discussed in terms of their popular and critical value and placed within the historical and social background of the period. In this time of intense change for women in American society, the plays reflect the new demands for freedom, careers, the right to vote, equality with men, and the right to intellectual development. Shafer calls attention to many fine plays which deserve production today.