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 flow of the Nineteen Sixties and the recent Black Renaissance of the 1990s.As with all titles within the Worlds of functionality sequence, the Sourcebook involves vintage texts in addition to newly commissioned items via awesome students, writers and performers. It contains the performs 'Sally's Rape' by means of Robbie McCauley and 'The American Play' via Suzan-Lori Parks, and springs entire with a considerable, ancient creation through Annemarie Bean.Articles, essays, manifestos and interviews incorporated disguise subject matters such as:* theatre at the expert, progressive 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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BIG GIRL: I said bullshit! Whatta ya mean with proper guidance… (points) I taught that little bitch myself…the best cuss words I know before she ever climbed out of her crib…whatta ya mean when she gets among her “peer” group? JACK: I didn’t exactly say that. I said when… BIG GIRL: (cuts him off) Don’t tell me what you said, boy. I got ears. I know all them big horseshit doctor words…tell him, Clara…tell him what I do. Where do I work. Clara? , please. BIG GIRL: Do like I say! Do like Big wants you to!

I TOLE YA…DERE AIN’T NO CATS OUT DERE!!! BABY GIRL: NO! DAMN! SHIT! SHIT! DAMN! NO! NO! (Stoogie looks over the scene and downs his drink, then saunters outside. Lights dim out until there is a single soft spot on Baby Girl’s head, turned wistfully toward the yard, then blackness. ) HOME ON THE RANGE AND POLICE (1968) Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones) HOME ON THE RANGE A play to be performed with the m u s i c o f A l b e r t Ay l e r i m p r o v i s e d i n background Home on the Range was read as part of the 1967 Black Communications Project, produced at Spirit House in Spring ‘68, taken on tour by the Spirit House Movers and Players in Boston, and performed at a Town Hall rally, New York, March ’68.

I don wanna, but it’s economics. BLACK MAN: TAKE DOWN YOUR PANTS AND DON’T TRY TO FOLLOW! What fool. 30 cents. Stop it! Stop it! (they struggle, black cop and black man) Bang, (with mouth) Bang bang… Get back… what?? BLACK COP: (running in place) I don wanna… I don wanna! 3 POLICE 43 COPS: Yeh, Yeh, Yeh. ALL: No, No, No. We wanna report a murder! BLACK COP: I don’ wanna, (runs over, starts shooting) Boing Bang Bang Ban—I don’ wanna. BLACK MAN: (falls dead) 30 cents and a bent frame. America, you eat shit, for real.

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