Dictionary of the Black Theatre: Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Selected Harlem Theatre

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added: "It is exciting and shocking theatre once in a while, but it is more often recognizable as a piece of crusading journalism." Despite its brief run, The Cool World offered a showcase for the young Billy Dee Williams in the leading role of the gangleader Duke Custis. COP AND BLOW. See BLACK VISIONS. THE CORNER (Public, June 22, 1972, 46 p.). Producer: Joseph Papp and the New York Shakespeare Festival.
Andrew. Author: Clay Goss. Director: Rafic Bey.

Cast: Rafic Bey (Andrew), Frankie Russell Faison (Paul), Alfred Dean Irby (Billy).

His First Step. Author: Oyamo. Director: Kris Keiser.

Cast: Michael Coleman (Pritchard), Ilunga Adell (Country), Yoland Karr (Mary), Cornelius Suares (Sam).

The Corner. Author: Ed Bullins.* Director: Sonny Jim [J. E.] Gaines.*

Cast: Willard Reece, Jr. (Slick), Basil A. Wallace (Bummie), Petronia (Stella), Hampton Clanton (Blue), Michael Coleman (Silly Willy Clark), Bob Delegall (Cliff).

As the audience entered the Public Theatre for a performance of The Corner, a fight erupted when a man tried to enter without a ticket. Joseph Papp arrived to quell the disturbance and to discuss the nature of "theatre and reality." Most critics found this staged event the most exciting occurrence of the evening. The Corner, by Ed Bullins, sets the tone of the evening. Cliff (Bob Delegall), a character from In the Wine Time* ( 1968), reappears and begins to question the meaning of a life spent on the street corner. Andrew, by Clay Goss, provides a symbolic view of ghetto life, as the deceased Andrew (Rafic Bey) confronts his murderers. His First Step offers a conversation between a college-educated young man ( Ilunga Adell) and his street-wise companion ( Michael Coleman). Most critics praised Bullins's work but, in general, dismissed the evening as "unsatisfying." Nevertheless, Mel Gussow commented in The New York Times that the "casts act with the conviction and forcefulness so frequently found in black theatre."


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DADDY GOODNESS (St. Marks, June 4, 1968, 64 p.). Producer: Negro Ensemble Company.* Author: Richard Wright.* Director: Douglas Turner Ward.*

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface ix
  • Notes xi
  • INTRODUCTION: A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE BLACK THEATRE xiii
  • Part 1: THE SHOWS 1
  • A 3
  • B 11
  • B 49
  • E 57
  • F 72
  • G 90
  • H 94
  • H 96
  • H 122
  • H 142
  • H 163
  • H 173
  • H 179
  • H 181
  • Part II: PERSONALITIES AND ORGANIZATIONS 183
  • A 185
  • B 186
  • C 193
  • D 199
  • D 202
  • D 203
  • G 209
  • H 212
  • I 220
  • J 221
  • K 227
  • K 229
  • K 230
  • N 238
  • O 240
  • P 240
  • P 242
  • P 246
  • P 250
  • P 252
  • W 253
  • Appendix I: A CHRONOLOGY OF THE BLACK THEATRE 267
  • Appendix II: A DISCOGRAPHY OF THE BLACK THEATRE 279
  • SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY 281
  • NAME INDEX 289
  • PLAY AND FILM INDEX 326
  • SONG INDEX 338
  • NOTES ON CONTRIBUTORS 357
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