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

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TALLADEGA [COLLEGE] PLAYERS // later called the TALLADEGA COLLEGE LITTLE THEATRE GUILD, Talladega, AL. Outstanding academic theatre group, active since the late 1920s. Lillian (Welch) Voorhees (an outstanding white dir. who later went on to dir. the FISK UNIV. STAGECRAFTERS) was the first important dir.; she was succeeded by James O. Hobson. According to Frederick W. Bond ( Neg&Dr, p. 134), "Productions by the Talladega Players have included the entire range of diversity . . . from Shakespeare and Ibsen to folk plays of [†Randolph] Edmonds and [Paul] Green." Member of the SOUTHERN ASSN. OF DRAMATIC AND SPEECH ARTS (SADSA), which later be- came a national assn. ( NADSA), of which Voorhees was a longtime secretary and editor of the SADSA Encore.

Among the works by black authors prod. by this group were Olivia Hunter An' de Walls Came Tumblin' Down (cowritten with Voorhees, 1929), * Langston Hughes's Don't You Want to Be Free? ( 1938), * Owen Dodson The Amistad (for Talladega's Founders' Day Celebration and the dedication of its new library, 1939), and * Haleemon Shaik Felton (Mrs. Nicholas G. Felton) House of Darkness ( 1941). Among the one-act plays prod. at annual drama festivals of SADSA during the 1940s were The Last Curtain, The Murder of Marion, and Strange Bread.

[CHARLES] TAYLOR'S ALABAMA MINSTRELS.See ALABAMA MINSTRELS.

TEMPLE THEATRE, New Orleans, LA. Black-controlled theatre, active early 1900s. The Tutt-Whitney Musical Comedy Co. [see SMART SET CO.]

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