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Welcome to Black Drama

This edition of Black Drama contains approximately 1200 plays by 200 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.

The plays themselves have been selected using leading bibliographies and with the editorial advice of James V. Hatch, co-author with Errol G. Hill of A History of African American Theatre and a leading expert in this area. 

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The Darker Face of the Earth by Rita Dove

Pre-Civil War South Carolina is the setting for this two-act Oedipal drama—the first full-length play by Pulitzer Prize winner Rita Dove.

The Piano Lesson by August Wilson

Set in Pittsburgh in 1936, August Wilson’s two-act drama about twentieth century African American life was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1990.

The Odyssey by Derek Walcott

Commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company, Nobel Prize winner Derek Walcott’s retelling of The Odyssey engages with Homeric and Caribbean themes.

Then She Said It: A Play by Osonye Tess Onwueme

Association of Nigerian Authors drama prize winner Osonye Tess Onwueme’s play addresses revolution and militancy as responses to social and political inequality.



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