African American Theatre: An Historical And Critical Analysis by Samuel A. HayAfrican American Theatre: An Historical And Critical Analysis by Samuel A. Hay

African American Theatre: An Historical And Critical Analysis

bySamuel A. Hay

Paperback | March 25, 1994

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A landmark work in the study of Black theater and drama, African American Theatre offers the first comprehensive history of a major cultural phenomenon until now too often neglected. In this fast-paced investigation, Hay seeks out the origins of Black theater in social protest, as envisioned by W.E.B. Dubois, and as a formal branch of arts theater. Divided between these opposing forces--the activist and the artistic--Black theater, Hay argues, faced conflicts of identity whose traces still haunt the medium today. African American Theatre thus offers a means of locating Black theater in the larger context of American theater and in the continuum of African American history from the nineteenth century to the present--and in doing so offers a profile of dramatic expression shaped and scarred by the forces of repression, of self-affirmation, and of subversion. Sweeping in scope, original in approach and provocatively written, this important book mines the origins and influences directing Black theater, while charting a course for its future survival.
Title:African American Theatre: An Historical And Critical AnalysisFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.67 inPublished:March 25, 1994Publisher:Cambridge University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521465850

ISBN - 13:9780521465854


Table of Contents

Acknowledgments; Introduction; The black experience school of drama; The black arts school of drama; Theatre people: some splendid examples; The governance of theatre organisations; Development; Conclusion; Appendices.

Editorial Reviews

"...Hay's theories are provocative and stimulating and his sweep through history provides impressive support for his claims....the book gives us a common language for analysis and provides those crucial details that make history more than a list of dates." Joni Jones, Drama Review