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

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LANG, JAMES, Inmate of Norfolk (VA) Prison at the time he wrote the following play.


PLAY:

The Plague (drama, I act, 1972). Subtitled "Don't Let the Joneses Get You Down." Dramatizes the dilemma faced by a black man who is torn between his addiction to narcotics (called "the plague" or "the Joneses") and his wish to be rehabilitated for the sake of his wife and children. Pub. in Who Took the Weight? (Norfolk Prison Bros., 1972).

LANGE, TED ( 1947- ), Actor and film director. Born in Oakland, CA. Currently resides in Beverly Hills. Attended San Francisco City Coll., 1967; graduated from the American Film Inst. (AFI) in Los Angeles. Best known for his TV roles as Junior in "That's My Mama" and Isaac Washington, the bartender, in "The Love Boat." Stage performances include Golden Boy ( 1964), Big Time Buck White ( 1969), Hair ( 1969), and Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death ( 1971). Film appearances include Blade ( 1973) and Friday Foster ( 1975). Has directed segments of "The Love Boat," "Fall Guy," and "Fantasy Island." Member of SAG, SDG, and AFI.


PLAYS AND DRAMATIC WORKS--All pre-1980:

Day Zsa Voo. A Foul Movement. Pig, Male and Young. Sounds from a Flute. Booker's Back (screenplay). Boss Rain Bow (screenplay). Little Brother (screenplay). Passing Through ( 1973). Prod. by UCLA, 1973.

LEA (one name), Playwright. Associated with Theatre Black, New York City, in 1971.


PLAY:

Old MacDonald Had a Camp (children's play, full length, 1971). Described by Sati Jamal, codirector of Theatre Black, as follows: "Old MacDonald had a different farm.

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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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