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

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include The First Breeze of Summer* ( 1975), a Negro Ensemble Company* co-production, and For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/ When the Rainbow Is Enuf* ( 1976), which King spotted in a performance in a Lower East Side bar.

Credits (Producing): Slave Ship* ( 1969); In New England Winter*; Behold! Cometh the Vanderkellans*; Black Girl* ( 1971); Jamimma*; Don't Let It Go to Your Head* ( 1972); A Recent Killing* ( 1973); What the Wine-Sellers Buy*; The Prodigal Sister* ( 1974); The First Breeze of Summer; The Taking of Miss Janie* ( 1975); The Medal of Honor Rag; For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf ( 1976); Cockfight* (Director, 1977); Reggae* ( 1980).

Reference: The New York Times, October 31, 1976.

KIRKSEY, KIRK (?- ). Kirksey was born on Chicago's South Side. At seventeen his family moved to California, where he studied acting at Los Angeles City College. He followed Big Time Buck White* ( 1968) on its move to New York City. He received an Obie in the 1970-1971 season for "general excellence."

Credits: Big Time Buck White ( 1968); Five on the Black Hand Side* ( 1970); The Duplex* ( 1972); What the Wine-Sellers Buy*; The Prodigal Sister* ( 1974); The Taking of Miss Janie* ( 1975); Unfinished Women ( 1977).

Reference: " Kirk Kirksey" File, NYPL/TC.

KITT, EARTHA ( 1928- ). Eartha Kitt began her career with the Katherine Dunham Dancers and later sang in European nightclubs. Her rendition of "Monotonous" in New Faces of 1952 attracted critical acclaim. She appeared in three more Broadway shows during the 1950s: Mrs. Patterson* ( 1954), Shinbone Alley ( 1957), and Jolly's Progress* ( 1959). When she criticized the Johnson Administration at a much publicized luncheon, she suddenly found her career options blocked. She did not return to Broadway until the late 1970s when she appeared as "Sahleem-LaLume" in Geoffrey Holder* reworking of Kismet, Timbuktu!* ( 1978).

Reference: Kitt Eartha, Alone with Me, Chicago: Henry Regnery Co., 1976.


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LEE, CANADA ( 1907-1952). Lionel Canagata, the son of West Indian parents, was born in New York. He first became a jockey and then a boxer before turning to acting. The fight game found his name too difficult, and it was changed to Canada Lee. He began his acting career with the Federal Theatre Project* and gave notable performances in Stevedore* ( 1934) and

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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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