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9 plays by Black women / edited and with an introduction by Margaret B. Wilkerson.

Contributor(s): Wilkerson, Margaret B. (Margaret Buford).
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York, N.Y. : New American Library, c1986Description: xxv, 508 p. ; 18 cm.ISBN: 0451625064 (pbk.); 9780451625069 (pbk.).Subject(s): American drama -- African American authors | African American women -- Drama | American drama -- Women authors | American drama -- 20th century | African Americans -- Drama | Women -- DramaAdditional physical formats: Online version:: 9 plays by Black women.DDC classification: 812/.54/0809287 LOC classification: PS628.N4 | A13 1986
Contents:
A Black woman speaks / by Beah Richards -- Toussaint / by Lorraine Hansberry -- Wedding band / by Alice Childress -- The tapestry / by Alexis DeVeaux -- Unfinished women cry in no man's land while a bird dies in a gilded cage / by Aishah Rahman -- spell #7 / by ntozake shange -- The brothers / by Kathleen Collins -- Paper dolls / by Elaine Jackson -- Brown silk and magenta sunsets / by P.J. Gibson.
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PS628.W6 N5 1986 (Browse shelf) Available 0000100007004

"A Mentor book."

Bibliography: p. 507-508.

A Black woman speaks / by Beah Richards -- Toussaint / by Lorraine Hansberry -- Wedding band / by Alice Childress -- The tapestry / by Alexis DeVeaux -- Unfinished women cry in no man's land while a bird dies in a gilded cage / by Aishah Rahman -- spell #7 / by ntozake shange -- The brothers / by Kathleen Collins -- Paper dolls / by Elaine Jackson -- Brown silk and magenta sunsets / by P.J. Gibson.

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This is a collection of plays by the major black women playwrights from 1950 to 1985. Though the plays are uneven in quality, they represent an important, underexplored group of theater voices. The editor's preface is a valuable survey of 20th century black women dramatists. Included are Beah Richards's A Black Woman Speaks, a landmark monologue; several strong dramas (e.g., Alice Childress's Wedding Band); and some successful experiments in form (e.g., Alexis DeVeaux's The Tapestry, Elaine Jackson's Paper Dolls). The weakest pieces are by the best-known writers and represent unfortunate choices by the editor: a scene from Lorraine Hansberry's Touissant and Ntozake Shange's Spell #7 . The best of these plays are not special pleading but put us in touch with real people struggling in a real world; they are of universal interest. Thomas E. Luddy, English Dept., Salem State Coll., Mass. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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