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

By Bernard L. Peterson Jr. | Go to book overview
1,200 playwrights compiled by the writer since the mid-1960s from reliable published and unpublished sources, including bibliographies, anthologies, dissertations and theses, play manuscripts, periodicals, newspapers, programs, advertisements, announcements, and other types of printed matter located either in the writers' personal collection or in the major libraries and archives of North Carolina, Virginia, Washington, DC, New York City, Boston, and Chicago.In an effort to make the Directory comprehensive, the writer has sought to include as many major, significant, prolific, and promising playwrights as possible, as well as nearly all published playwrights, and all who responded to questionnaires and requests for resumes and dramatic bibliographies.Of the more than 700 playwrights included in this Directory, only about two- thirds were actually located by mail or by telephone, and of this number, only about one-half, or 200 playwrights, actually responded to requests for information. Thus, over 60 percent of the entries in the Directory were compiled from the existing published and unpublished sources listed above.To achieve the degree of comprehensiveness desired for Contemporary Black American Playwrights, especially in view of the limited responses of many playwrights (including established authors) to requests for information, several goals or criteria originally established for inclusion in this Directory had to be abandoned. One of these goals was to include full biographical information and a completely annotated list of dramatic works for each playwright. Another was to include only those playwrights who had written at least two plays, of which at least one had been produced and/or published, and for which an adequate description had been located. A third goal was to be the inclusion of a mailing address for each playwright, in order that access to his/her unproduced and unpublished works could be achieved.Thus, in the interest of including as many playwrights as possible, it was the decision of the writer and his editor to establish only four firm criteria for inclusion in the Directory:
1. All playwrights must be black, or partly black. (In some instances, where the racial identity of the playwright has not been definitely established, the entry will begin with these words: "Racial identity not verified.")
2. All must be American citizens or long-term residents of the United States (even if such residency is intermittent).
3. All must have been living in 1950, or born since that date, and all must have written, produced, and/or published at least one play between 1950 and 1985.
4. There must have been available to the writer enough information on either the playwright or his/her plays in order to construct a respectable entry. This criterion has been waived in the case of (a) published playwrights, (b) playwrights whose plays are available or accessible in major black theatre archives or repositories, and (c) playwrights for whom a mailing address has been located.

For playwrights whose work is both unproduced and unpublished, two additional criteria were established:

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Foreword ix
  • Acknowledgments xiii
  • Preface xv
  • Abbreviations xxi
  • Symbols xxv
  • A Biographical Directory xxvii
  • A 1
  • B 29
  • C 93
  • D 127
  • E 157
  • F 169
  • G 187
  • I 261
  • J 263
  • K 285
  • L 299
  • N 357
  • O 361
  • P 371
  • S 409
  • T 441
  • U-V 459
  • W 465
  • Y 513
  • Z 517
  • Appendex a Additional Playwrights Whose Scripts Are Located in Special Repositories 519
  • Appendix B Other Contemporary Black American Playwrights 525
  • Information Sources 531
  • Title Index 551
  • General Index 593
  • About the Author 627
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