Acting Up and Getting Down: Plays by African American Texans by Sandra Mayo,Elvin Holt

By Sandra Mayo,Elvin Holt

One of the few books of its variety, Acting Up and Getting Down brings jointly seven African American literary voices that every one have a connection to the Lone famous person nation. masking Texas topics and common ones, this assortment showcases often-overlooked literary skills to carry to lifestyles inspiring elements of black theatre history.

Capturing the depth of racial violence in Texas, from the conflict of San Jacinto to a global warfare I–era revolt at a Houston education flooring, Celeste Bedford Walker's Camp Logan and Ted Shine's Ancestors offer interesting narratives throughout the lens of background. Thomas Meloncon's Johnny B. Goode and George Hawkins's Br'er Rabbit discover the cultural legacies of blues song and folktales. 3 unflinching dramas (Sterling Houston's Driving Wheel, Eugene Lee's Killingsworth, and Elizabeth Brown-Guillory's When the Ancestors Call) research homosexuality, a demise within the kin, and baby abuse, bringing to mild the non-public tensions of intersections among the person and the community.

Supplemented by means of a chronology of black literary milestones in addition to a playwrights' canon, Acting Up and Getting Down places the highlight on inventive achievements that experience for too lengthy been excluded from Texas letters. The ensuing anthology not just offers new perception right into a local event but in addition completes the yank tale as advised onstage.

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