Contemporary Black American Playwrights and Their Plays: A Biographical Directory and Dramatic Index

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IHUNANYA, GRACE COOPER. See COOPER, GRACE.

IMAN, YUSEF ( 1933- ), Poet, singer, actor, playwright, and director. Born in Savannah, GA. Married; five children. Gained theatrical experience as a member of AMIRI BARAKA's Spirit House in Newark, NJ, and with ROGER FURMAN's New Heritage [Repertory] Theatre in New York City. For several years he has been director of the Weusi Kuumba Troupe in Brooklyn, NY. Performed in the New Federal Theatre prodn. of What the Wine-Sellers Buy ( 1973). Recorded his poetry on the Jihad Productions recording Black and Beautiful. His volumes of poetry include Something Black ( 1967) and Poetry for Beautiful Black Women ( 1969). Has contributed poetry to The Journal of Black Poetry and to numerous anthologies. Some of his poetry was used as a grand finale for the cultural exhibit "Harlem on My Mind. " Address--Office: 10 Claver Place, Brooklyn, NY 11238.


REPRESENTATIVE PLAYS AND DRAMATIC WORKS:

Praise the Lord, but Pass the Ammunition (revolutionary drama, 1 act, 1967). Explores the effectiveness of violence versus nonviolence in the solution of racial problems. First prod. at Spirit House, Newark, NJ, 1967. Sched. for prodn. by the Hill Arts Theatre, New Haven, CT, 1970. Pub. by Jihad Productions, Newark, NJ, 1967.

Sociology 700 (Clean Up Time) (didactic play, 1 act, 1970). Urges black pimps, prostitutes, and homosexuals to transform their lives and become aware of their blackness. Prod. at Sethlow Community Center, New York, July 1970.

The Junkie (monologue, 1 act, 1974). A junkie complains that his case is no worse than anybody else's, because most people have some kind of hangup, such as alcohol, tobacco, or sex. Prod. at The East, New York, Aug. 1974.

Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow (historical pageant, full length, 1974). Coauthor, with BEN CALDWELL. A dramatization of the Seven Principles of the Black Value System, called the Nguso Saba. Produced by the Weusi Kuumba Troupe at the Black Theatre Alliance annual festival, New York, Summer 1974.

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