African American Theater: A Cultural Companion (Cultural History of Literature) (Paperback)

African American Theater: A Cultural Companion (Cultural History of Literature) By Glenda Dicker/Sun Cover Image
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Written in a clear, accessible, storytelling style, African American Theater will shine a bright new light on the culture which has historically nurtured and inspired Black Theater. Functioning as an interactive guide for students and teachers, African American Theater takes the reader on a journey to discover how social realities impacted the plays dramatists wrote and produced.

The journey begins in 1850 when most African people were enslaved in America. Along the way, cultural milestones such as Reconstruction, the Harlem Renaissance and the Black Freedom Movement are explored. The journey concludes with a discussion of how the past still plays out in the works of contemporary playwrights like August Wilson and Suzan-Lori Parks.

African American Theater moves unsung heroes like Robert Abbott and Jo Ann Gibson Robinson to the foreground, but does not neglect the race giants. For actors looking for material to perform, the book offers exercises to create new monologues and scenes. Rich with myths, history and first person accounts by ordinary people telling their extraordinary stories, African American Theater will entertain while it educates.

About the Author

Glenda Dicker/sun is Professor of Theater and Head of African American Theater Minor at the University of Michigan.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780745634432
ISBN-10: 0745634435
Publisher: Polity Press
Publication Date: August 4th, 2008
Pages: 256
Language: English
Series: Cultural History of Literature