The African American Theatre Directory, 1816-1960: A Comprehensive Guide to Early Black Theatre Organizations, Companies, Theatres, and Performing Groups

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ACME PLAYERS.SeeHARLEM YMCA [THEATRE GROUPS]; NATIONAL ETHIOPIAN ART THEATRE [SCHOOL].

ACTING COMPANY OF TOUGALOO.SeeTOUGALOO COLLEGE DRAMATIC SOCIETY.

ADAM AND EVE PRODUCTION COMPANY , Baltimore, MD. Production company and community theatre group, active early 1930s. Presented three musicals in the Baltimore area during the depression years, all written by * Ralph Matthews and dir. by * Sheldon D. Hoskins: Adam and Eva, Inc., a satire on the Creation; Looking at the Stars, a satire on Hollywood; and Shadows on the Moon, an allegory about the depression in Heaven.

AFRICAN AMERICAN CHARACTER CONCERT COMPANY. Concert/variety troupe of the early 1890s. ∘ William Foote, prop. A company of twenty- four singers, dancers, and speciality acts, representing all phases of Afr. Am. life and character, "from the cradle to old age and from slavery to citizenship." Mmes. * Mamie Flowers and * Marie Salika were leading singers with this troupe, which made a successful tour of Germany (including Hamburg and Munich) in the spring and summer of 1891.

FURTHER REFERENCE: Ghost.

⋆ AFRICAN COMPANY (the company) // ⋆ AFRICAN [GROVE] THEATRE (the theatre), NYC. The first black theatre company in America (c. 1816/c. 1824) and the first black theatre (c. 1821/23). Although the inclusive dates of both the company and the theatre are usually given as 1821/23, the company

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The African American Theatre Directory, 1816-1960: A Comprehensive Guide to Early Black Theatre Organizations, Companies, Theatres, and Performing Groups
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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Foreword ix
  • Notes xv
  • Acknowledgments xvii
  • Preface xxi
  • Abbreviations xxiii
  • SYMBOLS xxvii
  • A 3
  • B 26
  • C 38
  • D 54
  • E 63
  • F 69
  • G 77
  • H 85
  • I 104
  • J 106
  • K 110
  • L 116
  • M 131
  • N 142
  • O 157
  • P 161
  • Q-R 171
  • S 179
  • T 191
  • U-V 197
  • W-Y 200
  • Appendix A BLACK-ORIENTED AND BLACK­ CONTROLLED THEATRES, HALLS, AND PERFORMANCE SPACES 207
  • Appendix B CLASSIFICATION OF BLACK THEATRE ORGANIZATIONS, COMPANIES, AND PERFORMING GROUPS BY TYPE 215
  • INFORMATION SOURCES 239
  • INDEX OF NAMES 247
  • INDEX OF BLACK THEATRICAL ORGANIZATIONS AND THEATRES 271
  • INDEX OF SHOW TITLES 289
  • CONTRIBUTORS AND RESEARCH CONSULTANTS 299
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