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New plays for the Black theatre
King, Woodie, Jr., 1937-
Publication Information:
Chicago, Ill. : Third World Press, [1989]

Physical Description:
v, 312 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
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PS628.N4 N48 1989 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
PS628.N4 N48 1989 Adult Non-Fiction Black History Non-Circ

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An anthology of short plays of some of the well known and highly respected African American playwrights. A glimpse into the early work of some very successful writers.

Author Notes

Woody King Jr. New Plays for the Black Theatre WOODIE KING, JR. founded the New Federal Theatre and the National Black Touring Circuit in New York City in 1970. Since then, King has produced shows both on and off Broadway, and has directed performances across the country in venues like the New York Shakespeare Festival, Cleveland Playhouse, Center Stage of Baltimore and the Pittsburgh Public Theatre. His work has earned him numerous nominations and awards over the years, including a 1988 NAACP Image Award for his direction of Checkmates and 1993 Audelco Awards for Best Director and Best Play for his production of Robert Johnson: Trick The Devil. King has also received an Obie Award for Sustained Achievement. He has an honorary doctorate in humane letters from Wayne State University and a doctorate of fine arts from the College of Wooster. King has contributed to numerous magazines, such as Black World, Variety and The Tulane Drama Review, and has also written a number of books.

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Choice Review

As director of the New Federal Theatre at the Henry Street Settlement in New York City, Woodie King Jr. has produced more than 50 plays. He knows black theater well, and he understands it from the production standpoint. The 15 plays in this anthology, representing work by Amiri Baraka, Elois Beasley, Ben Caldwell, Bill Harris, Nubia Kai, Oyamo, Rob Penny, Ntozake Shange, Kalamu ya Salaam, and others, have been selected for their ease of production. This emphasis makes the anthology unique, different from such excellent collections as William Couch's New Black Playwrights (CH, Sep '69), Ed Bullins's New Plays from the Black Theatre (CH, Jun '70), William Brasmer and Dominick Consolo's Black Drama: An Anthology (1970), Lindsay Patterson's Black Theater: A 20th Century Collection of the Work of Its Best Playwrights (CH, Feb '72), James Vernon Hatch and Ted Shine's Black Theater, U.S.A.: Forty-five Plays by Black Americans 1947-1972 (CH, Nov '74), and even King's earlier collaboration with Ron Milner, Black Drama Anthology (1972). The plays in the present collection are well chosen. Their quality is good and they share the characteristic of requiring relatively small casts and quite simple sets, so that they are appropriate for amateur companies to produce. The book belongs in public libraries as well as in secondary school, college, and university collections. -R. B. Shuman, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign