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

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GAINES, J. E. ( SONNY JIM) ( 1928- ). Gaines displayed a variety of talents during the late 1960s and 1970s. As an actor (under the name Sonny Jim), he appeared in Ed Bullins* In the Wine Time* ( 1968) and The Fabulous Miss Marie* ( 1971), which won him an Obie. As a director, he staged Bullins The Corner* ( 1972) at the Public Theatre. As a dramatist, he presented four well-received plays: Don't Let It Go to Your Head,* What If It Had Turned Up Heads?,* Sometimes a Hard Head Makes a Soft Behind ( 1972), and Heaven and Hell's Agreement* ( 1974).

Reference: " J. E. Gaines" File, NYPL/TC.

GILPIN, CHARLES S. ( 1879-1930). After several tours with a Canadian minstrel show, Gilpin joined the Pekin Theatre in Chicago. He moved to New York's Lafayette Theatre, where he was "discovered" and booked for a run in Abraham Lincoln ( 1919). He portrayed William Curtis, an ex- slave, who represented a Frederick Douglass figure. This performance led to his triumph the following year in the title role of The Emperor Jones.* Gilpin later appeared in Roseanne* ( 1924) and So That's That ( 1925). His health began to fail during a road tour of The Emperor Jones in 1929, and he died the following year. He has often been compared to Paul Robeson* (who replaced him in The Emperor Jones), and is considered one of the best black actors of the 1920s.

Reference: " Charles Gilpin" File, PFL/TC.

GLANVILLE, MAXWELL ( 1918- ). Noted actor Maxwell Glanville has a lengthy list of Broadway and Off-Broadway credits. He is also a staunch supporter of Harlem theatre. His American Community Theatre introduced such talents as Clarence Williams III, David Downing,* and Arthur French. During the 1950s, Glanville co-produced Alice in Wonder (by Ossie Davis *), The Other Foot, and A World Full of Men (by Julian Mayfield); he directed the first two plays. He is also the author of a novel, The Bonus.

Credits: Natural Man* ( 1941); Home Is the Hunter* ( 1942); Walk Hard* ( 1946); Rain ( 1948); How Long Till Summer* ( 1949); Freight; The Son ( 1950); The Autumn Garden ( 1951); In Splendid Error* ( 1954); Cat on a Hot Tin Roof ( 1955); The Cool World* ( 1960); Golden Boy* ( 1964); Zelda ( 1969); Lady Day: A Musical Tragedy ( 1972); Anna Lucasta* ( 1978); Branches from the Same Tree ( 1980).

Reference: " Maxwell Glanville" File, NYPL/TC.

GORDONE, CHARLES ( 1925- ). Gordone was the first black to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for No Place to Be Somebody* ( 1969). Gordone was born in Cleveland and majored in drama at Los Angeles State College, graduating in 1952. He came to New York and managed to get small acting

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  • 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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