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African American Drama
An overview of the resources available for researchers in the field of African America Drama.
Includes the full text of plays from across the history of the theatre, ranging from Aeschylus to the present day. Includes non-English-language works in translation, scholarly and critical editions, first night program texts, and critical analysis and contextual information. Scan the genre link ex. of plays Black Drama, Verbatim theatre, Surrealist Drama, Poor Theatre and more!
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.
Search 30,000+ plays published from 1949 to the present. Includes historical and contemporary works published individually, and in anthologies. Play Index covers a wide range of plays written in or translated into English. Content includes: mysteries, pageants, plays in verse, puppet performances, radio and television plays, and classic drama.
To restrict search results to African American plays and casts:
Select the "Subject (SU)" field and search for African American. The search will result in 600+ plays with African American characters. To narrow the results use the Source Type tool: select "plays" for individual titles, or "books" for collections and anthologies.
These titles can be found in the Reference section of the Bobst Library and several of these texts are available online.
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