Black Female Playwrights

Black Female Playwrights

An Anthology of Plays before 1950
Edited with an Introduction by Kathy A. Perkins
Distribution: World
Publication date: 10/1/1990
Format: paper 300 pages, 10 b&w photos
ISBN: 978-0-253-20623-7
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A Choice Outstanding Academic Book of 1990
"Fine reading and a superb resource." —Ms.

“Highly recommended.” —Library Journal

"Perkins has chosen the plays well, and her issue-oriented introduction places the women and their works in a literary and historical context." —Choice

"As well as being centered on the black experience, the plays in Black Female Playwrights are centered on the female experience." —Voice Literary Supplement

“Perkins’ anthology is valuable for a number of reasons . . . Perkins’ book (which includes a bibliography of plays and pageants by black women before 1950 as well as a selected bibliography of critical works) is a major help in providing access to [the world of black drama]." —Theatre Journal

The need to acknowledge these works was the impetus behind this volume. Perkins has selected nineteen plays from seven writers who were among the major dramatizers of the black experience during this early period. As forerunners to the activist black theater of the 1950s and 1960s, these plays represent a critical stage in the development of black drama in the United States.

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Table of Contents


Georgia Douglas Johnson
A Sunday Morning in the South
Blue Blood
Blue-Eyed Black Boy

Mary P. Burrill
They That Sit in Darkness

Zora Neale Hurston
The First One
Color Struck

Eulalie Spence
Fool's Errand

May Miller
Stragglers in the Dust
Riding the Goat
Christophe's Daughters
Harriet Tubman

Marita Bonner
The Purple Flower
Exit: An Illusion

Shirley Graham
It's Morning
I Gotta Home

Plays & Pageants by Black Women before 1950
Selected Bibliography