ERIC Number: ED174989
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Afro-American Drama in Education: An Instructional Strategy.
Robinson, Edward A.
To exclude Afro-American playwrights from curriculum offerings leads to the erroneous conclusion that blacks have contributed little to the development of the American theater. In order for Afro-American drama to be fully appreciated, it must be performed and read as literature. It must be used as a viable teaching strategy, as a motivator for the improvement of self-concept, as a tool for oral interpretation, and above all as a medium for attaining information about the Afro-American experience. The plays written during the 1950s by Afro-American dramatists offer a wide range of possibilities for developing curricular programs in Afro-American theater. For example, two plays by William Branch offer many instructional possibilities. In "A Medal for Willie," Branch focuses on the racial attitudes of a Southern community and how blacks are affected by them, and in the play "In Splendid Error" he concentrates on the significance of making choices. The quest for identity appears as a theme in "Take a Giant Step," by Louis Peterson, which also offers many possibilities for classroom performance. (A selected bibliography of sources on black drama and black playwrights is included.) (MKM)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Fall Conference of the Illinois Association of Teachers of English (71st, Chicago, Illinois, October 20-21, 1978)