Jus' Playin': Playwrights of the African Diaspora

Playwrights of the African Diaspora

Tarell Alvin McCraney: Theater, Performance, and Collaboration Cover Image
By Sharrell Luckett, David Román, Prof. Isaiah Matthew Wooden, Bryant Keith Alexander (Contributions by), Robert O'Hara (Contributions by), Katherine Nigh (Contributions by), Carlos Murillo (Contributions by), Jeffrey Q. McCune, Jr. (Contributions by), Patrick Maley (Contributions by), Tina Landau (Contributions by), Omi Osun Joni L. Jones (Contributions by), Freda Scott Giles (Contributions by), Donette Francis (Contributions by), Shirley Jo Finney (Contributions by), Oskar Eustis (Contributions by), I. Augustus Durham (Contributions by), Trip Cullman (Contributions by), Soyica Diggs Colbert (Contributions by), Teo Castellanos (Contributions by), Cheryl Lynn Bruce (Contributions by), Michael Boyd (Contributions by), GerShun Avilez (Contributions by), Alana Arenas (Contributions by), Jabari Ali (Contributions by), Tea Alagic (Contributions by), Tarell Alvin McCraney (Contributions by)
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ISBN: 9780810141940
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Published: Northwestern University Press - June 15th, 2020

This is the first book to dedicate scholarly attention to the work of Tarell Alvin McCraney, one of the most significant writers and theater-makers of the twenty-first century.


Pass Over Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780802147424
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Published: Grove Press - August 13th, 2019

Moses and Kitch stand around on the corner--talking shit, passing the time, and hoping that maybe today will be different. As they dream of their promised land, a stranger wanders into their space with his own agenda and derails their plans.


Black n Blue Boys/Broken Men Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781593765323
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Published: Soft Skull - October 15th, 2013

Bold, beautiful and fierce-Dael Orlandersmith delivers a riveting story in Black n Blue Boys / Broken Men. This gritty play portrays five unforgettable male characters, linked by their efforts to forge identities in families fractured by abuse. Each relates a story that transforms these challenges into a celebration of our capacity to survive.


Until the Flood Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781559365963
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Published: Theatre Communications Group - March 17th, 2020

Created in response to the 2014 shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, Dael Orlandersmith's one-person play is a complex inquiry into the wide-ranging repercussions of Brown's death. Orlandersmith conducted extensive interviews with residents of Ferguson and St.


Yellowman: and My Red Hand, My Black Hand Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781400032068
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Published: Vintage - October 8th, 2002

These two raucously acclaimed new plays by Dael Orlandersmith, whom The New York Times has called "an otherworldly messenger, perhaps the sorcerer's apprentice, or a heaven-sent angel with the devil in her," confirm her reputation as one of the truly unique voices in contemporary American drama.


In One Act (Exxon Lecture Series) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780816616923
Published: Univ Of Minnesota Press - September 15th, 1988

People Who Led to My Plays Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781559361255
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Published: Theatre Communications Group - September 1st, 1996

In this remarkable memoir, Adrienne Kennedy charts her life from growing up in Cleveland in the 1930s and 40s in a middle-class black family through marriage and motherhood and her eventual move to New York City in the 50s.


He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box and Other Plays Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781559369657
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Published: Theatre Communications Group - November 17th, 2020

In her first new work in a decade, Adrienne Kennedy journeys into Georgia and New York City in the 1940s to lay bare the devastating effects of segregation and its aftermath.


Insurrection: Holding History Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781559361576
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Published: Theatre Communications Group - October 1st, 1998

Insurrection: Holding History is a remarkable debut by a talented new theatre artist and winner of the 1998 Oppenheimer Award for Best New Playwright.


The Brother/Sister Plays Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781559363495
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Published: Theatre Communications Group - September 1st, 2010

"McCraney's richly drawn characters and colloquial poetry . . . manages to sound both epic and rooted in a specific place. Listen closely, and you might hear that thrilling sound that is one of the main reasons we go to the theater, that beautiful music of a new voice."--The New York Times


A Wolf in Snakeskin Shoes (Modern Plays) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781474280891
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - October 14th, 2015

This fresh take on Moli re's Tartuffe, set in a world of fast-food tycoons and megachurches is a wicked new comedy that rocks the foundations of trust, faith and redemption.
Given just days to live, multi-millionaire Archibald Organdy rejects costly experimental treatment and opts to face his end surrounded by his loving family. However, things could be about to change.


Gloria (Tcg Edition) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781559365451
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Published: Theatre Communications Group - August 18th, 2020

"The bitingly funny and fierce Gloria is one of the year's best shows...Gloria is an adrenaline rush of a show, but it also makes you think. Let's just say it hits the bull's-eye." --Elisabeth Vincentelli, New York Post


Harriet Jacobs: A Play Cover Image
By Lydia R. Diamond, Megan Sandberg-Zakian (Foreword by), Jean Fagan Yellin (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9780810127166
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Published: Northwestern University Press - May 19th, 2011

Throughout her meteoric rise into the upper ranks of young playwrights, Lydia R. Diamond has boldly challenged assumptions about African American culture. In Harriet Jacobs, she turns one of the greatest of American slave narratives, Jacobs’ Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, into a penetrating, rousing work of theater.


Stick Fly: A Play Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780810125353
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Published: Northwestern University Press - December 17th, 2008

Adept at capturing the experience of the upper-middle-class African-American, Diamond lays out two families' worth of secrets in this precise play. With only six characters, she constructs a vivid weekend of crossed pasts and uncertain but optimistic futures.


Smart People: A Play Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780810134645
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Published: Northwestern University Press - December 15th, 2016

In Smart People, Lydia R. Diamond shows that no matter how well we think we understand the influence of race on human interaction, it still manages to get in the way of genuine communication and connection.


The Book of Grace Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781559364058
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Published: Theatre Communications Group - March 1st, 2016

"The Book of Grace offers further evidence that Suzan-Lori Parks thinks big even when she thinks small... The family portrait she paints here is nothing less than a map of a nation that is divided within itself and poised to fall...


August Wilson's King Hedley II Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780573704758
Published: Samuel French, Inc. - September 1st, 2015

Finalist 2000 Pulitzer Prize in Drama

Peddling stolen refrigerators in the feeble hope of making enough money to open a video store, King Hedley, a man whose self worth is built on self delusion, is scraping in the dirt of an urban backyard trying to plant seeds where nothing will grow.


No Place To Be Somebody Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780881457827
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Published: Broadway Play Publishing - June 20th, 2018

NO PLACE TO BE SOMEBODY received the 1970 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Charles Gordone's Pulitzer signified two "firsts" he was the first African American playwright to receive a Pulitzer, and NO PLACE TO BE SOMEBODY was the first off-Broadway play to receive the award.


The Red Letter Plays Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781559361958
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Published: Theatre Communications Group - December 1st, 2000

In the Blood is an extraordinary new play...It is truly harrowing...we cannot turn away, and we do not want to.


The America Play and Other Works Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781559360920
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Published: Theatre Communications Group - November 1st, 1994

Parks has burst through every known convention to invent a new theatrical language, like a jive Samuel Beckett, while exploding American cultural myths and stereotypes along the way.... She's passionate and jokey and some kind of genius.--Vogue


Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781559365000
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Published: Theatre Communications Group - June 23rd, 2015

Finalist, 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Drama

The finest work yet from this gifted writer.--The New York Times


By the Way, Meet Vera Stark (Tcg Edition) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781559364423
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Published: Theatre Communications Group - October 15th, 2013

Nottage is one of our finest playwrights, a smart, empathetic, and daring storyteller who tells a story an audience won't expect.--Time Out New York


A Study Guide for Charles Fuller's
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ISBN: 9781375375276
Published: Gale, Study Guides - July 25th, 2017

A Study Guide for Charles Fuller's "A Soldier's Play," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Drama For Students. This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Drama For Students for all of your research needs.


Slave Play Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781559369787
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Published: Theatre Communications Group - February 4th, 2020

"The single most daring thing I've seen in a theater in a long time." -- Wesley Morris, New York Times


We Are Proud to Present a Presentation about the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as Southwest Africa, from the German Sudwestafrika, Between the Yea (Modern Plays) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781472585097
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Published: Methuen Drama - March 25th, 2014

I'm not doing a German accent
You aren't doing an African accent
We aren't doing accents


Intimate Apparel/Fabulation Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781559362795
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Published: Theatre Communications Group - October 1st, 2006

"Lynn Nottage's work explores depths of humanness, the overlapping complexities of race, gender, culture and history--and the startling simplicity of desire--with a clear tenderness, with humor, with compassion." --Paula Vogel, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright

Intimate Apparel: "Thoughtful, affecting new play . . . with seamless elegance."--Charles Isherwood, Variety


Appropriate/An Octoroon: Plays Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781559364904
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Published: Theatre Communications Group - May 21st, 2019

"The deftly crafted blend of shocking exaggeration and believability, politeness and fury...makes Appropriate land with the kind of thump you rarely encounter in the theater." --Chicago Tribune

"So energetic, funny, and entertainingly demented, you can't look away." --New York on An Octoroon


Blues for Mister Charlie: A Play (Vintage International) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780679761785
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Published: Vintage - April 25th, 1995

In a small Southern town, a white man murders a black man, then throws his body in the weeds. With this act of violence--which is loosely based on the notorious 1955 killing of Emmett Till--James Baldwin launches an unsparing and at times agonizing probe of the wounds of race.


For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780684843261
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Published: Scribner - September 1st, 1997

This revolutionary, award-winning play by a lauded playwright and poet is a fearless portrayal of the experiences of women of color—“extraordinary and wonderful…that anyone can relate to” (The New York Times) and continues to move and resonate with readers today more than ever.

From its inception in California in 1974 to its highly acclaimed critical s


Sweat (Tcg Edition) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781559365321
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Published: Theatre Communications Group - June 13th, 2017

Winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama

Nominee for 3 Tony Awards including Best Play


Long Time Since Yesterday Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780573630262
Published: Samuel French, Inc. - November 23rd, 2010

Drama

Characters: 8 female

2 interior sets or one unit set.


The Richard Wesley Play Anthology (Applause Books) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781480394995
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Published: Applause Books - July 1st, 2015

This anthology of five full-length plays collectively outlines a cultural history of black America in the post-Civil Rights era, from the late 20th century through the first decades of the 21st.


Venus Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781559361354
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Published: Theatre Communications Group - April 1st, 1997


Suzan-Lori Parks continues her examination of black people in history and stage through the life of the so-called Hottentot Venus, an African woman displayed semi-nude throughout Europe due to her extraordinary physiognomy; in particular, her enormous buttocks.


Fabulation or the Re-Education of Undine (L.A. Theatre Works Audio Theatre Collections) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781580813044
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Published: LA Theatre Works - September 1st, 2005

Blood at the Root Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780573705144
Published: Samuel French, Inc. - May 18th, 2017

A striking new ensemble drama based on the Jena Six; six Black students who were initially charged with attempted murder for a school fight after being provoked with nooses hanging from a tree on campus. This bold new play by Dominique Morisseau (Sunset Baby, Detroit '67,


Dutchman and The Slave: Two Plays Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780688210847
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Published: Harper Perennial - January 1st, 1971

"Dutchman is designed to shock—its basic idea, its language and its murderous rage."
New York Times


Katori Hall Plays One (Contemporary Dramatists #2) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781408147023
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - September 15th, 2011

An important new voice for African-American theatre, Katori Hall explores the lives of black and often invisible Americans with vivid language, dynamic narratives and richly textured characterisation.

Hoodoo Love is Hall's debut play, a tale of love, magic, jealousy and secrets in 1930s Memphis, written in vivid language which captures the spirit of the Blues.


The Mountaintop Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781682660140
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Published: LA Theatre Works - December 15th, 2016

On April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated outside of his room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. What happened inside room 306 on the evening of April 3 is the subject of Katori Hall's The Mountaintop.


Topdog/Underdog Cover Image
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Published: Theatre Communications Group - June 1st, 2001

Winner of the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Drama


Fairview Cover Image
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Published: Theatre Communications Group - August 27th, 2019

Winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Drama

"Dazzling and ruthless...One of the most exquisitely and systematically arranged ambushes of an unsuspecting audience in years...A glorious, scary reminder of the unmatched power of live theater to rattle, roil and shake us wide awake." --Ben Brantley, New York Times


Ceremonies in Dark Old Men Cover Image
By III Elder, Lonne, Judyann Elder (Director), Glynn Turman (Featuring)
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ISBN: 9781580815758
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Published: LA Theatre Works - August 1st, 2010

First produced by the Negro Ensemble Company in 1969, this classic masterpiece by Academy Award nominee Lonne Elder III gives us the portrait of a Harlem family that dreams of a better life, but pursues it in tragic ways. Ceremonies opened the door for new generation of African American playwrights, August Wilson among them.


Ruined (Tcg Edition) Cover Image
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Published: Theatre Communications Group - September 1st, 2009

Winner of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama

"A powerhouse drama. . . . Lynn Nottage's beautiful, hideous and unpretentiously important play is] a shattering, intimate journey into faraway news reports."--Linda Winer, Newsday


Fetch Clay, Make Man: A Play Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781468311099
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Published: The Overlook Press - February 2nd, 2016

Set on the eve of the Cassius Clay—Sonny Liston rematch and based on the friendship between the actor Stepin Fetchit and Clay—soon to become Muhammad Ali—Fetch Clay, Make Man explores how each handled a life in the public eye as black men in their respective eras—Hollywood in the 20s, where a black actor’s career depended on playing caricatures, and the mid-60s, after the assassination of Malcolm


Fences Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780452264014
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Published: Plume - June 1st, 1986

From legendary playwright August Wilson comes the powerful, stunning dramatic bestseller that won him critical acclaim, including the Tony Award for Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize.


Skeleton Crew Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780573705168
Published: Samuel French, Inc. - May 18th, 2017

At the start of the Great Recession, one of the last auto stamping plants in Detroit is on shaky ground. Each of the workers have to make choices on how to move forward if their plant goes under. Shanita has to decide how she'll support herself and her unborn child, Faye has to decide how and where she'll live, and Dez has to figure out how to make his ambitious dreams a reality.


Dot Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780573705229
Published: Samuel French, Inc. - November 14th, 2016

The holidays are always a wild family affair at the Shealy house. But this year, Dotty and her three grown children gather with more than exchanging presents on their minds. As Dotty struggles to hold on to her memory, her children must fight to balance care for their mother and care for themselves.


Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385473767
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Published: Anchor - March 15th, 1994

From acclaimed playwright Anna Deavere Smith, a captivating work of dramatic literature and a unique first-person portrait of a pivotal moment in American history: the 1992 Los Angeles riots.


Joe Turner's Come and Gone Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780573691423
Published: Samuel French, Inc. - August 24th, 2010

Drama / Casting: 6m, 5f / Scenery: Interior Sets

Set in a black boardinghouse in Pittsburgh in 1911, this drama by the author of The Piano Lesson, Seven Guitars and Fences is an installment in the author's series chronicling black life in each decade of this century. Each denizen of the boardinghouse has a different relationship to a past of slavery as well as to the urban present.


Choir Boy Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781559364683
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Published: Theatre Communications Group - February 2nd, 2016

An exhilarating, multi-layered new play.--The Guardian

Stirring and stylishly told . . . McCraney's crispest and most confident work.--Daily News


The Piano Lesson (Drama, Plume) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780452265349
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Published: Plume - December 1st, 1990

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and winner of the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play, this modern American classic is about family, and the legacy of slavery in America. 


A Raisin in the Sun Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780679755333
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Published: Vintage - November 29th, 2004

"Never before, the entire history of the American theater, has so much of the truth of black people's lives been seen on the stage," observed James Baldwin shortly before A Raisin in the Sun opened on Broadway in 1959.


Funnyhouse of a Negro Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780573621666
Published: Samuel French, Inc. - February 16th, 2011

Drama

Characters: 3 male, 5 female

Drop & wing Set


Jitney Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780573627958
Published: Samuel French, Inc. - January 11th, 2011

Drama

Characters: 8 male, 1 female

Interior Set

Set in 1970 in the Hill District of Pittsburgh that is served by a makeshift taxi company, Jitney is a beautiful addition to the author's decade by decade cycle of plays about the black American experience in the twentieth century.

"Explosive... Crackles with theatrical energy."-N.Y. Daily News


Pipeline (Tcg Edition) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781559365871
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Published: Theatre Communications Group - October 30th, 2018

"Pipeline confirms Dominique Morisseau's reputation as a playwright of piercing eloquence." --Ben Brantley, New York Times