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Jackie Sibblies Drury, 1982-
Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, 1984-
An Octoroon by An Octoroon invites us to laugh loudly and easily at how naïve the old stereotypes now seem, until nothing seems funny at all. Jacobs-Jenkins is using a genre associated with exclamation points to ask questions not only about the portrayal of race in America but also about the inadequate means we have for such portrayals.
Call Number: PS3610.E65 O28 2014
Publication Date: 2015-03-06
Idris Goodwin, 1978-
They Shootin! or I Ain't Neva Scared by Idris Goodwin's monologue is broken into three parts, each a poetic exploration of his perspective as a black man in Iowa City. The first retells his fear of being outside his home at midnight, the second shifts to how members of the white community react to his art as a black man, and the third paints a portrait of black men being gunned down and metaphorically hunted from a passing train.
Call Number: PS3607.O649 T4 2015
Lynn Nottage, 1964-
Sweat by Nottage has written one of her most exquisitely devastating tragedies to date. In one of the poorest cities in America, Reading, Pennsylvania, a group of down-and-out factory workers struggles to keep their present lives in balance, ignorant of the financial devastation looming in their near futures. Set in 2008, the powerful crux of this new play is knowing the fate of the characters long before it's even in their sights.
Call Number: PS3564.O795 S94 2017
Publication Date: 2017-06-13
Dael Orlandersmith, 1959-
Yellowman: My Red Hand, My Black Hand, Two Plays by In "Yellowman," Alma and Eugene find a love together that transcends racism and poverty; in "My Red Hand, My Black Hand," a young woman of Native American and African American heritage searches for her identity amid both races.
Call Number: PS3565.R5734 Y4 2002
Publication Date: 2002-10-08
Anna Deavere Smith, 1950-
Douglas Turner Ward, 1930-
Amiri Baraka / LeRoi Jones, 1924-2014
Langston Hughes, 1902-1967
Five Plays by Langston Hughes by Mulatto -- Soul gone home -- Little ham -- Simply heavenly -- Tambourines to glory.
Call Number: PS 3515 .U274 F5 1969
Homecookin': Five Plays by OurSides -- Homecookin' -- Andrew -- Of being hit -- Mars : monument to the last black eunuch.
Call Number: PS 3557 .O78 H6 1974
Sterling Houston, 1945-2006
Katori Hall, 1981-
Hall Plays - 1 by ntroduction : the Memphis plays; Hoodoo love; Saturday night/Sunday morning; The mountaintop; Hurt village; Hoodoo love : musical score and lyrics.
Call Number: PS3608.A54727 2011
Publication Date: 2011-09-19
Tarell Alvin McCraney, 1980-
The Brother/Sister Plays by McCraney's dramas of kinship, love, and heartache are set in the bayou of Louisiana and loosely draw on West African myths. In the Red and Brown Water charts the story of Oya, a fast and beautiful track star who must make difficult choices on her journey to womanhood. The Brothers Size dramatizes the struggle between brothers who have taken different paths.
Call Number: PS3613.C38625 B79 2010
Publication Date: 2010-08-17
Marcus Gardley, 1977-
The House That Will Not Stand by New Orleans, 1836. Following an era of French colonial rule and relative racial acceptance, Louisiana's 'free people of color' are prospering. Beatrice, a free woman of colour, has become one of the city's wealthiest women through her relationship with a rich white man. However, when her lover mysteriously dies, Beatrice imposes a six-month period of mourning on herself and her three daughters.
Call Number: PS3607.A7264 H68 2014
Publication Date: 2014-10-30
Suzan-Lori Parks, 1963-
The Red Letter Plays by Two plays expanding on Hawthorne's classic novel "The scarlet letter." In the blood: Hester La Negrita, an unapologetic mother of five illegitimate children, practices writing the alphabet to help herself "one day get a leg up." Fucking A: Hester Smith works the only job available to her, as an abortionist to the lower class, in order to save for a reunion picnic with her imprisoned son.
Call Number: PS3566.A736 R44 2001
Publication Date: 2000-12-01
George C. Wolfe, 1954-
The Colored Museum by Git on board -- Cookin' with Aunt Ethel -- The photo session -- Soldier with a secret -- The gospel according to Miss Roj -- The hairpiece -- The last mama-on-the-couch play -- Symbiosis -- Lala's opening -- Permutations -- The party.
Call Number: PS3573.O5213 C6 2010
James Baldwin, 1924-1987
Blues for Mister Charlie by In a small Southern town, a white man murders a black man, then throws his body in the weeds. With this act of violence--which is loosely based on the notorious 1955 killing of Emmett Till--Baldwin launches an unsparing and at times agonizing probe of the wounds of race. For where once a white storekeeper could have shot a "boy" like Richard Henry with impunity, times have changed. And centuries of brutality and fear, patronage and contempt, are about to erupt in a moment of truth as devastating as a shotgun blast.
Call Number: PS3552.A45 B5 1995
Publication Date: 1995-04-25
Ntozake Shange, 1948-2018
August Wilson, 1945-2005
Gem of the Ocean by Set in 1904 Pittsburgh, it is chronologically the first work in August Wilson's decade-by-decade cycle dramatizing the African American experience during the 20th century-an unprecedented series that includes the Pulitzer Prize-winning plays Fences and The Piano Lesson.
Call Number: PS3573.I45677 G46 2006
Publication Date: 2008-04-01
Ed Bullins, 1935-
The Theme Is Blackness: "The Corner" and Other Plays by Dialect Determinism (or the Rally) -- It Has No Choice -- The Helper -- A Minor Scene -- The Theme is Blackness -- The Man Who Dug Fish -- The Corner -- Black Commercial #2 -- The American Flag Ritual -- State Office Bldg. Curse -- One-Minute Commercial -- A Street Play -- Street Sounds -- A Short Play for a Small Theater -- The Play of the Play.
Call Number: PS 3552 .U45 T5 1973
Publication Date: 1973-01-01
Lorraine Hansberry, 1930-1965
Guillaume Oyono-Mbia, 1939
Seydou Badian Kouyaté, 1928-2018
Caught in the Storm by A 1954 novel on the Westernization of Africa. What should one accept, what should one reject? The protagonists include a woman resisting an arranged marriage and a soldier who served in the French army in Europe.
Call Number: PQ3989.2.K6 S613 1998
Publication Date: 1998-03-01
Janine Nabers, 1982-
Serial Black Face by The year is 1979 and a serial killer in Atlanta is abducting and murdering young black children. Against a backdrop of fear and uncertainty, playwright Janine Nabers explores the emotional battleground where an African-American single mother wars with her teenage daughter, each coping in her own way with personal tragedy and loss. The volatility of their situation is intensified when a severely damaged and devastatingly handsome stranger becomes an integral part of their lives.
Call Number: eBook
Publication Date: 2015-10-13
Dominique Morisseau, 1978-
Detroit '67 by nspired by American History takes the audience on a journey to 1967, in the city of Detroit. Motown music is getting the party started, and Chelle and her brother Lank are making ends meet by turning their basement into an after-hours joint. But when a mysterious woman finds her way into their lives, the siblings clash over much more than the family business.
Call Number: PR6113.O7487 D48 2014
Publication Date: 2013-01-01
Robert O’Hara, 1970-
Insurrection: Holding History by Robert O'Hara employs a language of wicked wit, of deliberate and immensely provocative outrageousness to speak to a vast, bloody, unapproachable outrage. He shatters the funereal hush that usually surrounds the representation of atrocity and holocaust, in the process waking his audience up.
Call Number: PS3565.H296 I55 1999b
Publication Date: 2000-01-01
Kia Corthron, 1961-
Breath, Boom by Breath, boom is a play that explores the life of a hardened New York gang member whose chief obsession is the creation of the perfect fireworks display. The author considers this marginal character's attitude to her own perilous existence.
Call Number: PS3553.O724 B74 2002
Publication Date: 2002-01-01
Charlayne Woodard, 1953-
Pretty Fire by
Call Number: PS3573.O614 P74 1995
Publication Date: 2003-01-01
I Am a Man by
Call Number: PS3565.Y3 I2 1995
Publication Date: 2000-04-01
Charles Fuller, 1939-
A Soldier's Play by A black sergeant cries out in the night, "They still hate you," then is shot twice and falls dead. Set in 1944 at Fort Neal, a segregated army camp in Louisiana, Charles Fuller's forceful drama--which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1982 and has been regularly seen in both its original stage and its later screen version--tracks the investigation of this murder.
Call Number: PS3556.U367 S6 1982
Publication Date: 1982-10-01
Derek Walcott, 1930-
Three Plays by The Last Carnival; Beef, No Chicken; and A Branch of the Blue Nile
Call Number: PR9272.9.W3 T5 1986
Publication Date: 1986-08-01
Sharon Bridgforth, 1958-
Love Conjure/Blues by LOVE CONJURE/BLUES places the fiction- form inside a traditional Black American voice/inviting dramatic interpretation and movement within the fit of a highly literary text—filled with folktales poetry haints prophecy song and oral history.
Call Number: PS3552.R4553 L68 2004
Publication Date: 2004-10-01
Charles Gordone, 1925-1995
No Place to Be Somebody: A Black-Black Comedy by Written over the course of seven years, the play explores racial tensions in a Civil Rights-era story about a black bartender who tries to outsmart a white mobster syndicate. In his final speech, in June 1995, delivered at the Museum of the American West in Los Angeles, Gordone described the play as being "about country folk who had migrated to the big city, seeking the urban myth of success, only to find disappointment, despair, and death."
Call Number: PS3557.O72 N6 1969
Mojisola Adebayo, 1968-
Mojisola Adebayo - Plays One by Includes the plays Moj of the Antarctic, Desert Boy, Matt Henson: North Star and Muhammad Ali and Me. These plays queer the boundaries of sex and race, fact and fiction, history and geography, poetry and politics to illuminate contemporary themes through a dynamic African Diasporic theatrical aesthetic that leaps off the page.
Call Number: eBook
Publication Date: 2012-04-17
Zora Neale Hurston, 1891-1960
Zora Neale Hurston: Collected Plays by Eleven of Hurston's dramatic writings are being published together for the first time in this edited and annotated volume. Filled with lively characters, vibrant images of rural and city life, biblical and folk tales, voodoo, and the blues.
Call Number: eBook
Publication Date: 2008-06-03