Black female playwrights : an anthology of plays before 1950 / Kathy A. Perkins, [editor].

by Perkins, Kathy A., 1954-Looking glass; Johnson, Georgia Douglas, -1966,. Plumes; Johnson, Georgia Douglas, -1966,. A Sunday morning in the South; Johnson, Georgia Douglas, -1966,. Blue blood; Johnson, Georgia Douglas, -1966,. Blue-eyed black boy; Burrill, Mary P.,. Aftermath; Burrill, Mary P.,. They that sit in darkness; Hurston, Zora Neale,. First one; Hurston, Zora Neale,. Color struck; Spence, Eulalie, 1894-1981,. Undertow; Spence, Eulalie, 1894-1981,. Fool's errand; Spence, Eulalie, 1894-1981,. Her; Miller, May,. Stragglers in the dust; Miller, May,. Riding the goat; Miller, May,. Christophe's daughters; Miller, May,. Harriet Tubman; Bonner, Marita, 1898-1971,. Purple flower; Bonner, Marita, 1898-1971,. Exit : an illusion; Graham, Shirley Dredge,. It's morning; Graham, Shirley Dredge,. I gotta home.

Series: Blacks in the diaspora: Publisher: Bloomington : Indiana University Press, [1989]Description: viii, 288 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.ISBN: 0253343585 :.Subject(s): American drama -- African American authorsLooking glass | African American women -- DramaLooking glass | Women and literature -- United States | American drama -- Women authorsLooking glass | African Americans -- DramaLooking glass
Contents:
Plumes -- A Sunday morning in the South -- Blue blood -- Blue-eyed black boy / Georgia Douglas Johnson -- Aftermath -- They that sit in darkness / Mary P. Burrill -- First one -- Color struck / Zora Neale Hurston -- Undertow -- Fool's errand -- Her / Eulalie Spence -- Stragglers in the dust -- Riding the goat -- Christophe's daughters -- Harriet Tubman / May Miller -- Purple flower -- Exit: an illusion / Marita Bonner -- It's morning -- I gotta home / Shirley Graham.
Note: "Plays and pageants by Black women before 1950": p. [281]-285.Note: Bibliography: pages [287]-288.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

Contains the text of 19 plays by seven playwrights, and a list of plays and pageants by nearly 50 writers from the first half of the century. The introduction discusses the plays and the context in which they were written, produced, and received. Annotation(c) 2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

"Plays and pageants by Black women before 1950": p. [281]-285.

Bibliography: pages [287]-288.

Plumes -- A Sunday morning in the South -- Blue blood -- Blue-eyed black boy / Georgia Douglas Johnson -- Aftermath -- They that sit in darkness / Mary P. Burrill -- First one -- Color struck / Zora Neale Hurston -- Undertow -- Fool's errand -- Her / Eulalie Spence -- Stragglers in the dust -- Riding the goat -- Christophe's daughters -- Harriet Tubman / May Miller -- Purple flower -- Exit: an illusion / Marita Bonner -- It's morning -- I gotta home / Shirley Graham.

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Library Journal Review

This anthology focuses on the creative life and works of seven black women playwrights writing in the first half of the 20th century. Perkins uses 19 little-known plays of Georgia Douglas Johnson, Mary P. Burrill, Zora Neale Hurston, Eulalie Spence, May Miller, Marita Bonner, and Shirley Graham to show the diverse styles and themes used by the pioneer black women playwrights in dramatizing the black experience of the time. An informative and well-researched historical essay on black women dramatists and biographical essays on each of the seven playwrights clarifies the interrelationship of these writers. Highly recommended.-- Jeris Cassel, Rutgers Univ. Lib., New Brunswick, N.J. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

CHOICE Review

This anthology contains 19 plays written by 7 African-American women before 1950. Some are published here for the first time; others have not been easily available. Perkins has chosen the plays well, and her issue-oriented introduction places the women and their works in a literary and historical context. Her careful and scholarly prose cannot, however, fully prepare readers for the richness of the plays themselves. All are fascinating to read, and several seem produceable. Informative biographical notes accompany each group of plays. The most exciting discoveries are Zora Neale Hurston, May Miller, and Shirley Graham. To say so, however, is in no way to dismiss Georgia Douglas Johnson, Mary P. Burrill, Eulalie Spence, and Marita Bonner. It will come as a surprise to many that Hurston had a career in the theater, though her ability to write good dialogue will surprise no one who has read her novels. Miller is perhaps the most versatile of the group, and Shirley Graham (DuBois) the most professional. Contemporaries of white women playwrights Zona Gale, Rachel Crothers, and Susan Glaspell (one senses affinities of style, if not of subject matter), all of these African-American women have had to wait a long time to be acknowledged. Theater students, scholars, and practitioners are indebted to Kathy A. Perkins. An excellent five-page listing of plays and pageants, many newly discovered, will be a vital resource for scholars. There is also a good selected bibliography. Recommended for both academic and public libraries. -D. E. Abramson, emeritus, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

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