Routledge Companions: The Routledge Companion to African American Theatre and Performance

Editors: Perkins, Kathy A., Richards, Sandra L. and Craft, Renee Alexander
Publication Year: 2019
Publisher: Routledge

Single-User Purchase Price: $250.00
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ISBN: 978-1-13-872671-0
Category: Arts & Leisure - Performing Arts
Image Count: 52
Book Status: Available
Table of Contents

The Routledge Companion to African American Theatre and Performance is an outstanding collection of specially written essays that charts the emergence, development, and diversity of African American Theatre and Performance - from the nineteenth-century African Grove Theatre to Afrofuturism.

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Table of Contents

  • List of figures
  • Notes on editors and contributors
  • “Black Art Now” Nambi E. Kelley
  • Introduction Renée Alexander Craft, Thomas F. DeFrantz, Kathy A. Perkins, and Sandra L. Richards
  • Highlights of African American theatre and performance
  • Part I: Seeing ourselves onstage
  • Preface Thomas F. DeFrantz
  • 1. Dudley, the Smart Set, and the beginning of the Black entertainment industry Nadine George-Graves
  • 2. Black theatre history plays: remembering, recovering, re-envisioning Sandra M. Mayo
  • 3. “Hung be the heavens with Black” bodies: an analysis of the August 1822 riot at William Brown’s Greenwich Village Theatre Marvin McAllister
  • 4. Mulattoes, mistresses, and mammies: the phantom family in Langston Hughes’ Mulatto Alison Walls
  • 5. Interview with Woodie King, Jr.: producer and director JaMeeka Holloway-Burrell
  • 6. Freedom forward: Alice Childress and Lorraine Hansberry circling Broadway in the 1950s Barbara Lewis
  • 7. Navigating respectability in turn-of-the-century New York City: Intimate Apparel by Lynn Nottage Marta Effinger-Crichlow
  • 8. Earle Hyman: Scandinavian successes Baron Kelly
  • 9. Pittsburgh piety: A century of symbolism Pedro E. Alvarado
  • 10. Interview with Ron Simons: Broadway producer Lisa B. Thompson
  • 11. Interview with Paul Tazewell: Costume designer Niiamar Felder
  • 12. Race on the opera stage Twila L. Perry
  • 13. The Wiz and the African Diaspora musical: Rethinking the research questions in Black musical historiography Sam O’Connell
  • 14. Bob Cole’s “Colored Actor’s Declaration of Independence”: The case of The Shoo Fly Regiment and George C. Wolfe’s Shuffle Along Paula Marie Seniors
  • 15. Shuffle Along and ethnic humor: A family story Sandra Seaton
  • 16. Interview with Eva Yaa Asantewaa: Dance writer Thomas F. DeFrantz
  • 17. Black female sexuality in the drama of Pearl Cleage Beth Turner
  • 18. Coming-of-age and rituals of gender nonconformity in Leslie Lee’s The First Breeze of Summer Rhone Fraser
  • 19. Pomo Afro Homos: A revolutionary act Tabitha Jamie Mary Chester
  • Part II: Institution building: a space of our own
  • Preface Kathy A. Perkins
  • 20. Being Black on stage and screen: Black actor training before Black Power and the rise of Stanislavski’s system Monica White Ndounou
  • 21. Three visionary African American women theatre artists: Anita Bush, Barbara Ann Teer, and Ellen Stewart Sandra Adell
  • 22. The birth of Queen Anne: Re-discovering Anne M. Cooke at Spelman College Leslye Joy Allen
  • 23. The Howard University Players: From respectability politics to Black representation Denise J. Hart and Kathy A. Perkins
  • 24. An African American theatre program for the twenty-first century Nefertiti Burton
  • 25. Interview with Karen Allen Baxter: Senior managing director of Rites and Reason Theatre Jasmine Johnson
  • 26. The Negro Ensemble Company, Inc.: One moment in time? Susan Watson Turner
  • 27. Interview with Shirley Prendergast: Lighting designer Kathy A. Perkins
  • 28. Interview with Femi Sarah Heggie: Stage manager Kathy A. Perkins
  • 29. Weathering the winds of change: The sustainability of the St. Louis Black Repertory Company Gregory S. Carr
  • 30. The National Black Theatre Festival and the “Marvtastic” legacy of Larry Leon Hamlin J.K. Curry
  • 31. The Black feminist theatre of Glenda Dickerson Khalid Yaya Long
  • 32. Ernie McClintock’s jazz acting: A theatre of common sense Elizabeth M. Cizmar
  • 33. Black Acting Methods®: Mapping the movement Sharrell D. Luckett
  • 34. Financial fitness of Black theatres: Roundtable of artistic directors K. Zaheerah Sultan
  • 35. A reflection on the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff’s The Hip Hop Project: Insight Into the Hip Hop Generation Johnny Jones
  • 36. Interview with Ekundayo Bandele: Founder and CEO of Hattiloo Theatre Shondrika Moss-Bouldin
  • Part III: Theatre and social change
  • Preface Sandra L. Richards
  • 37. W.E.B. Du Bois, dramatist Freda Scott Giles
  • 38. The Third gift of the Negro: Muslim identity and Du Bois’ Star of Ethiopia Cristal Chanelle Truscott
  • 39. Oh, Ma Dear! What’s going on?: Staging Angelina W. Grimke’s Rachel in the wake of Black Lives Matter Nicole Hodges Persley
  • 40. Leaning left: Why theatre artists in the 1930s were attracted to the Red movement Kimmika L.H. Williams-Witherspoon
  • 41. Fighting fire with fire: Violence and the Black Liberation movement Portia Owusu
  • 42. “When we gonna rise”: Free Southern Theater performances of Slave Ship and Black Power in Mississippi Susan Stone-Lawrence
  • 43. From “poemplays” to ritualistic revivals: The experimental works of women dramatists of the Black Arts Movement La Donna L. Forsgren
  • 44. Interview with Micki Grant: Actor, singer, composer, lyricist Kathy A. Perkins
  • 45. Keeping his gloves up: August Wilson and his critics Sandra G. Shannon
  • 46. Interview with Edward Everett Haynes, Jr.: Designer Kathy A. Perkins
  • 47. Afro-Latinx themes in theatre today Daphnie Sicre
  • 48. To be young, performing, and Black: Situating youth in African American theatre and performance history Asantewa Fulani Sunni-Ali
  • 49. Interview with Dr. Kariamu Welsh: Professor and choreographer Amoaba Gooden
  • 50. Robert O’Hara’s defamiliarizing dramaturgy Isaiah Matthew Wooden
  • 51. Black plight in flight Tezeru Teshome
  • 52. Creatively censoring African American drama while teaching in the Arab Gulf region Phyllisa Smith Deroze
  • 53. Mike Wiley: a multi-faceted artist on a mission for social change Sonny Kelly
  • 54. “Locked away but not defeated”: African American women performing resilience Lori D. Barcliff Baptista
  • 55. A hundredfold: an experiential archive of Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower: The Opera Alexis Pauline Gumbs
  • Part IV: Expanding the traditional stage
  • Preface Renée Alexander Craft
  • 56. Many stories/one body: Black solo performance from vaudeville to spoken word E. Patrick Johnson
  • 57. Standing up: Black feminist comedy in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries Katelyn Hale Wood
  • 58. My name Mudbone: What I learned about playwriting from Richard Pryor Howard L. Craft
  • 59. Ntozake Shange and the choreopoem Nicole M. Morris Johnson
  • 60. Interview with Donna Walker-Kuhne: Audience development Kathy A. Perkins
  • 61. Performed ethnography D. Soyini Madison
  • 62. The United States of Lucia: Three generations of Haitian-Americans reconfigure ancestry, home, and host lands through storytelling Mario LaMothe
  • 63. “We were what no one else had”: How Black fashion models constructed a new wave of performance and visibility Rikki Byrd
  • 64. Interview with Pam Green: Artist management and consulting Melanie Greene
  • 65. Sidelong glances: Black divas in transit, 1945–1955 Katherine Zien
  • 66. Black Indians of New Orleans: Performing resistance and remembrance Sascha Just
  • 67. Interview with Darryl Montana: Black Indian chief and master artisan Loyce L. Arthur
  • 68. African performance in the feast of St. Francis Xavier in seventeenth-century Luanda, Angola Margit N. Edwards
  • 69. Afrofuturism and the 2018 Wakanda Diaspora carnival Renée Alexander Craft
  • 70. A beginner’s guide to implementing Hip Hop theatre Kashi Johnson
  • 71. Interview with Shirley Basfield Dunlap: Educator and director Eric Ruffin