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A Sourcebook of African-American Performance

A Sourcebook of African-American Performance
Your Price: $51.95 CDN
Author: Annemarie Bean
Publisher: Routledge
Series: Worlds of Performance
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 376
Pub. Date: 1999
ISBN-10: 0415182352
ISBN-13: 9780415182355

About the Book:

A Sourcebook on African-American Performance: Plays, People, Movements is the first volume to consider African-American performance between and beyond the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s and the New Black Renaissance of the 1990s.

As with all titles in the Worlds of Performance series, A Sourcebook on African-American Performance consists of classic texts as well as newly commissioned pieces by notable scholars, writers and performers. It comes complete with a substantial, historical introduction by Annemarie Bean and includes the plays:

Sally's Rape by Robbie McCauley: A story about slavery that was inspired by her great-great-grandmother's life on a Georgia plantation. For this her first play the internationally recognized performance artist and director received an Obie Award for Best Play. (Cast: 2 women)

The American Play by Suzan-Lori Parks: A powerful and provocative theatre piece ruminating on black identity, theatre and American history. What is it like to have your identity as a black American forever linked to, and displaced by, prominent images from white history that seem to be about you, but aren't? Is there a way for the theater to write originally about black experience? The first African American woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize for Drama distills and stages these questions haunted-house style, with daunting intellectual and emotion results. (Cast: 2 women, 3 men)

Articles, essays, manifestos and interviews included cover topics such as:
• theatre on the professional, revolutionary and college stages
• concert dance
• community activism
• step shows
• performance art.

Contributors include Annemarie Bean, Ed Bullins, Barbara Lewis, John O'Neal, Glenda Dickersun, James V. Hatch, Warren Budine Jr. and Eugene Nesmith.

What people say:

"...an excellent resource for teachers and researchers." — Speech & Drama

"This book is invaluable as an introductory text for students of black performance." — American Studies

"It will fill a tremendous void, and save on all the legwork of tracking down articles. It will definitely become a part of my courses. I think this will be a terrific book." — Joni Jones, University of Texas, Austin

"This collection brings together significant primary and secondary materials on black theatre and performance – a valuable and much needed research tool." — Harry J. Elam, Jr., Stanford University

About the Author:

Annemarie Bean is an independent scholar living n Vermont. She has taught in the theatre, American Studies and African American Studies Programs at Williams College and Wesleyan University. She is also the editor of A Sourcebook of African-American Performance: Plays, People, Movements.