WADUD, ALI ( Walter Mitchell), Author, critic, musician, and playwright. Associated with the Negro Ensemble Co. (NEC) in New York City, which has produced all of his plays. Recently spent three years traveling, working, and living in Africa, a year of which was spent teaching at the School of Music and Drama in Khartoum, Sudan. His experiences were reported by him in several episodes in the New York Amsterdam News.
Kingdom (drama, full length, 1976). As described by TOWNSEND BREWSTER ( Harlem Cultural Council Newsletter, vol. 2, no. 10), "A young black man who has killed a policeman for brutalizing a black woman during a St. Louis race riot in 1968, and who has been shot himself, seeks help at the house of two sisters." Prod. by NEC, as a Season-Within-a-Season production, April 27-May 2, 1976, for 8 perfs. Unpub. script in the Hatch-Billops Collection.
Companions of the Fire (drama, I act, 1980). A liaison between an overweight, love- starved Harlem matron and a self-styled black orator and revolutionary whom she has picked up for the night. The encounter proves to be more than she had bargained for and becomes very intense and revealing. Prod. by NEC, Feb. 7-24, 1980, for 22 perfs.; dir. by Horacena J. Taylor. With Barbara Montgomery and Charles Brown. Pub. by Dramatists Play Service, New York, c. 1980.
Tigus (monologue, I act, 1983). A man talks about his women and his drinking buddies. Prod. by NEC, April 12-May 3, 1983, for 24 perfs.; dir. and performed by DOUGLAS TURNER WARD.
WAKEFIELD, JACQUES ( Abayome Oji), Poet-playwright and actor. Born in Newport News, VA. Grew up in New York City (his family first moved to Queens, NY, when he was an infant, and finally to Harlem when he was 14). Educated at Brooklyn Coll. under the Brooklyn Coll. Scholars Program in English (B.A. in theatre and film). Has appeared in a number of network shows concerned with the cultural and political mores of the black community, including "Black
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Publication information: Book title: Contemporary Black American Playwrights and Their Plays:A Biographical Directory and Dramatic Index. Contributors: Bernard L. Peterson Jr. - Author. Publisher: Greenwood Press. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1988. Page number: 465.