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ERIC Number: ED099839
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-May
Pages: 10
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Reference Count: 0
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Contemporary Black Theatre.
Thomas, Pearl
The distinguishable black theatre in America, mirroring a distinguishable black experience, is an artistic product which demands audience involvement. Both the Afro-American oral tradition and the art of gesture are integral aspects of black theatre. In addition, the tragedy found black theatre is not tragedy in the classic sense, as blacks feel no commitment to an unchanging system from which they have been excluded. Thus there is a harshness evident in black plays as well as a comic-tragic mask. Six plays in particular serve as examples of similarity of deprivation, innovation of styles, and tragic harshness. These are Gordone's "No Place to Be Somebody," Le Roi Jones' (Immaru Baraka's) "Dutchman," Lorraine Hansberry's "Raisin in the Sun," Ed. Bullin's "In the Wine Time," Charles Russell's "Five on the Black Hand Side," and Lonnie Elder's "Ceremonies in Dark Old Men." (JM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the New York State English Council (24th, Binghamton, New York, 1974)