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

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CAESAR, ADOLPH ( 1934-1986), Veteran actor of stage, screen, and television, and originator of a one-man show. Best-known for his performance as Tech. Sgt. Vernon Waters in CHARLES FULLER's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, A Soldier's Play ( 1981), which was also made into a film, retitled A Soldier's Story ( 1984), in which Caesar repeated his stage role and was nominated for an Oscar as Best Supporting Actor. Gained theatrical experience during his 15-year association with the Negro Ensemble Co. (NEC), and through performances in Shakespearean plays and numerous television commercials. Other stage acting credits include Day of Absence ( 1965), The Sty of the Blind Pig ( 1971), Nowhere to Run, Nowhere to Hide ( 1974), The Brownsville Raid ( 1976), The Truth About the Truth ( 1978), and Lagrima Del Diablo ( 1980). As a memorial to Caesar, the NEC has established an annual Adolph Caesar Performing Arts Award Benefit, the first of which was held on April 26, 1987.


DRAMATIC WORK:

The Square Root of Soul (one-man show, full length, 1976). Conceived and performed by Caesar. A staged reading, with connecting narrative, of the works of 27 black poets, including † Paul Laurence Dunbar, † James Weldon Johnson, LANGSTON HUGHES, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Don Lee. Described as a show which "floats halfway between a recitation and a play."--Encore, Aug. 1, 1977. Prod. by NEC; dir. by Perry Schwartz; opening first at the American Theatre, Washington, DC, Feb. 4, 1976, for 15 perfs.; then on tour of cities and campuses outside New York for a year and a half. Opened Off-Bway at the Theatre De Lys, June 14, 1977, for 28 perfs.

CAIN, ORLANDO, Playwright. Formerly associated with the South Side Community Theatre in Chicago, IL.


PLAY:

Cry of the Still Blacks (1973). Deals with "a myriad of themes: interracial marriage, homosexuality, alcoholism and family disunity." -- Black World, April 1974, p. 52 ( Perkins). Prod. by the South Side Community Theatre, Nov. 1973.

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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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