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 stream of the Sixties and the hot Black Renaissance of the 1990s.As with all titles within the Worlds of functionality sequence, the Sourcebook contains vintage texts in addition to newly commissioned items by means of impressive students, writers and performers. It contains the performs 'Sally's Rape' by way of Robbie McCauley and 'The American Play' via Suzan-Lori Parks, and is derived entire with a considerable, old advent via Annemarie Bean.Articles, essays, manifestos and interviews integrated conceal issues such as:* theatre at the specialist, innovative and school levels* live performance dance* neighborhood activism * step exhibits* 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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BLACK WOMAN: Hello. BLACK MAN: Discovery. BLACK WOMAN: Sings BLACK MAN: We Hurt-ing. We Hurt-ing. BLACK COP: I’m crazy. I don’t know why I hurt people. I hurt people. I don’t know why. (takes out paper penis-pistol) I don’t know why. I’m sick to hurt. Hurt to hurt. It is myself being hurt. I hurt. Please let me stagger. Hurt you. Hurt you. (rhythm) Hurt and hurt you. Please. (staggers against desk) WHITE COP: You couldn’t take it that’s all. You’re not fit for justice among the civilized. The great face looters.

CLARA: No, stop that, Hoss. She don’t know what she’s doin! BIG GIRL: That’s okay Clara. Go on, Baby Girl, do the thing. ) STOOGIE: DO THE SLIDE, MAN! SLIDE! ) BABY GIRL: Uuuhhh…sheeeee…waaa…uuhhh… BIG GIRL: (standing, toasting) DO THE THING, BABY!!! G. Why don’t you stop all dat? STOOGIE: (to Jack) C’mon, man, git with it. ) STOOGIE: Let’s go, Baby. CLARA: Nawh…I don’t dance no mo… STOOGIE: C’mon, pretty mamma…watch this step… (he cuts a fancy step) BIG GIRL: Go on and dance, sister. , you know I don’t go for that kind of stuff no mo.

Is a color thing—I mean even though the Irish were poor they were still white—but as long as white people hate because of a difference in color, then they ain’t gonna let the black man do too much. You dig? WHITE COP: But all this hopelessness. Poverty of the mind and spirit. Why? Things are so much better. All it takes is a little more effort by you people. But these riots. It’s making good people have second thoughts about everything. ROLAND: It’s a long time going—man—this hopelessness—and it ain’t no better.

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