A Sourcebook of African-American Performance: Plays, People, by Annemarie Bean

By Annemarie Bean

A Sourcebook on African-American functionality is the 1st quantity to contemplate African-American functionality among and past the Black Arts circulate of the Sixties and the recent Black Renaissance of the 1990s.As with all titles within the Worlds of functionality sequence, the Sourcebook includes vintage texts in addition to newly commissioned items via outstanding students, writers and performers. It comprises the performs 'Sally's Rape' by means of Robbie McCauley and 'The American Play' by means of Suzan-Lori Parks, and is derived entire with a considerable, old advent by means of Annemarie Bean.Articles, essays, manifestos and interviews integrated conceal themes such as:* theatre at the specialist, innovative and school phases* live performance dance* group activism * step indicates* functionality art.Contributors comprise Annemarie Bean, Ed Bullins, Barbara Lewis, John O'Neal, Glenda Dickersun, James V. Hatch, Warren Budine Jr. and Eugene Nesmith.

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Moves gun around in front of him as he moves. Looks in drawers, turning very often to look at the slumping family. Picks up a few small things, throws some back in disgust. ) CRIMINAL: Hey, you people…wake the hell up… (still looking, alternating between mumble and loud exasperated talk) Hey kid … (going over to son) What the hell’s going on in this place? I mean, jesus white christ, you go into some slick looking dump just to do a little business, make a little money…goddam, this ain’t even my neighborhood.

Gimme what you got. BLACK COP: I don wanna, (looking) I don wanna, (looking) I don wanna. ALL: We want to report a murder. Agg. We want to report a murder. Nigger freak rocket. Bucket a space. Blood. Grope shock jealousy. Dirty collar limp glass. Hurts. Hurts. Hurts. BLACK COP: I don wanna. But the constitution sez “freak off”. COPS: What’s going on? You people are gonna get picked up. ALL: We wanna report a murder, (at cop) you murderin’ freak! BLACK COP: I don wanna. Soap and water. Freak. Quiet.

The daughter finally dances with a very light-skinned sissy type negro with a briefcase and snap-brimmed Madison Avenue hat. The negro, when dancing frug-like with the daughter still never lets his briefcase out of his hand. He also holds onto his hat. ) BLACK MAN 2: Hey, dig this bitch dance! (A wild nigger party rises to full blast in the house. Dancing, singing, cursing, fighting. The mother is tossed back and forth. The mother is sprawled catatonically on the floor doing a spastic jerk as The Jerk.

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