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    New Books

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    Radical presence : Black performance in contemporary art
    Call Number: NX456.5.P38 R33 2013 On Reserve
    ISBN: 9781933619385

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    Myth performance in the African diasporas : ritual, theatre, and dance
    Call Number: PN1590.B53 B76 2014
    ISBN: 9780810892798

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    Blacks in blackface : a sourcebook on early black musical shows
    Call Number: avail via ebrary
    ISBN: 9780810883512

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    Penumbra : the premier stage for African American drama
    Call Number: PN2277.S25 P46 2013
    ISBN: 0816683786

    Streaming Video

    • Black Drama
      Contains approximately 1200 plays by 201 playwrights, together with detailed, fielded information on related productions, theaters, production companies, and more. The database also includes selected playbills, production photographs and other ephemera related to the plays. Some 440 of the plays are published here for the first time, including a number by major authors.
    • Theatre in Video
      Contains more than 250 definitive performances of the world's leading plays, together with more than 100 film documentaries, online in streaming video - more than 500 hours in all. This release contains 279 titles, representing hundreds of leading playwrights, actors and directors.
    • Black Studies in Video
      Black Studies in Video is a signature Alexander Street Press collection featuring award-winning documentaries, newsreels, interviews and archival footage surveying the evolution of black culture in the United States. In partnership with California Newsreel, the database provides unique access to their African American Classics collection, and includes films covering history, politics, art and culture, family structure, social and economic pressures, and gender relations

    In Performance: Adrian Lester

    Adrian Lester performs a scene from Lolita Chakrabarti’s play “Red Velvet,” a drama about the 19th-century black actor Ira Aldridge. The show runs through April 20 at St. Ann’s Warehouse.

    New York Theatre Guide

    by Lorraine Hansberry
    at Ethel Barrymore Theatre
    The dreams and expectations of three generations of the Younger family come into conflict as they eagerly await the arrival of a \,000 insurance check
    (from 08 Mar 2014 - Closing on 15 Jun 2014)

    Conceived by Jack Viertel, music arranged by Duke Ellington, with selected text by Langston Hughes
    Musical Revue
    at Brooks Atkinson Theatre
    Celebrates Duke Ellington's years at the famed Harlem nightclub in the 1920s and '30s, when the joint was jumping with shows featuring big band swing and blues music.
    (from 18 Oct 2013 - Booking to 30 Mar 2014)

    Music by Tupac Shakur, Book by Todd Kreidler
    at Palace Theatre
    Set in the present day on the inner-city streets of a Midwestern industrial city. The musical follows two childhood friends and their extended families as they struggle to reconcile the challenges and realities of their daily lives with their hopes, dreams and ambitions.
    (from 26 May 2014 - Closing on tba)

    by Dorothy Marcic
    at St. Luke's Theatre
    After a matriarch's death, the women in the family clean Grandma's attic and find love and old memories packed away, and in the process, hit tunes that trace the history of black women, from the trials of the 1930s through the Girl Groups of the 60s to the empowerment of the 90s. Songs include 'Oh, Happy Day,' 'Mama Said,' 'I Will Survive,' 'Tyrone,' 'I am Not My Hair' and 'A Woman's Worth.'
    (from 29 Sep 2011 - Booking to 30 Mar 2014)

    by Layon Gray
    at Actors Temple Theater
    A story told in narrative of six men embarking on a journey to become pilots in the United States Army Air Forces. The play explores their collective struggle with Jim Crow; challenging their intelligence, patriotism, brotherhood, and dreams of an inclusive and fair society.
    (from 05 Jun 2010 - Closing on 22 Feb 2014)

    by Fraser Grace
    at Theatre Row's Lion Theatre
    The place is set, food is served from the kitchen, all for a person no one can see but Robert. We are his prisoners. And if a person does not appease ngozi, he will see you to the grave. Inspired by accounts that Zimbabwe's despotic President, Robert Mugabe, sought treatment from a white psychiatrist.
    (from 02 Jan 2014 - Closing on 02 Mar 2014)

    Pat of the Public Lab series

    by Suzan-Lori Parks
    at Public Theater's Astor Place Theatre
    Part1 introduces us to Hero, a slave who must choose whether or not to join his master on the Confederate battlefield. In part 2, a band of rebel soldiers test Hero's loyalty as the cannons approach. Part 3 finds Hero's loved ones anxiously awaiting his return.
    (from 11 Mar 2014 - Closing on 30 Mar 2014)



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    Audra McDonald Divinely Channels Billie Holiday During 'Lady Day At Emerson's Bar & Grill' Premiere


    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 13: Actress Audra McDonald appears onstage during the 'Lady Day At Emerson's Bar & Grill' opening night curtain call at Circle in the Square on April 13, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images) | Brad Barket via Getty Images

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