A Sourcebook of African-American Performance: Plays, People, by Annemarie Bean

By Annemarie Bean

A Sourcebook on African-American functionality is the 1st quantity to contemplate African-American functionality among and past the Black Arts circulate of the Sixties and the hot Black Renaissance of the 1990s.As with all titles within the Worlds of functionality sequence, the Sourcebook involves vintage texts in addition to newly commissioned items by way of impressive students, writers and performers. It contains the performs 'Sally's Rape' via Robbie McCauley and 'The American Play' by way of Suzan-Lori Parks, and is derived whole with a considerable, old advent by way of Annemarie Bean.Articles, essays, manifestos and interviews incorporated hide themes such as:* theatre at the specialist, innovative and school levels* live performance dance* neighborhood activism * step indicates* functionality art.Contributors contain Annemarie Bean, Ed Bullins, Barbara Lewis, John O'Neal, Glenda Dickersun, James V. Hatch, Warren Budine Jr. and Eugene Nesmith.

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And they grabbed me and told me where everything was. CHARLES: That gives me an idea. Let’s change places before this dude splits. Let him be a black dude walking down a ghetto street and we’ll be three white dudes—white cops on a Harlem street. WHITE COP: Oh c’mon. That’s ridiculous. What good would that do. Why I’d feel silly… 50 I THEATRICAL IN(TER)VENTIONS CHARLES: You mean you’d feel silly being black? WHITE COP: Oh no—not that—I mean what would it prove? How would it help—what good would it do?

Murder! Will you (to cops) solve this crime? BLACK WOMAN: (from a trance) But you are the murderers. The killers of men. What are you then? Man killers? Man killers? YOUNG GIRL: (running outside or out among the crowd) Help. Help, murder…murder. The cops are murderers. The cops are murderers. A black cop is a murderer. He just shot my man. ) BLACK WOMAN: What’s that bitch sayin? Her man. Bitch. What? That’s my man, there dead. YOUNG GIRL: (weeping) You like dead folks for husbands. All you want is soft shit.

CLARA: Would you like a glass of wine, Miss Famie? MISS FAMIE: Don’t mind if I do, sister. BIG GIRL: Better watch it, Miss Famie. Wine and gin will rust your gizzard. CLARA: Ohh… (pours a glass of wine) …Here, Miss Famie. BABY GIRL: CAT! CAT! BIG GIRL: (singsong, lifting her glass) Mus’ I tell’ …muscatel… jitterbug champagne, (reminisces) Remember, Clara, the first time I got you to take a drink? (to Miss Famie) You should of seen her. Some of this same cheap rotgut here. She’d never had a drink before but she wanted to show me how game she was.

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