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    New Books

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    Radical presence : Black performance in contemporary art
    Call Number: NX456.5.P38 R33 2013 On Reserve
    ISBN: 9781933619385

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    Myth performance in the African diasporas : ritual, theatre, and dance
    Call Number: PN1590.B53 B76 2014
    ISBN: 9780810892798

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    Blacks in blackface : a sourcebook on early black musical shows
    Call Number: avail via ebrary
    ISBN: 9780810883512

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    Penumbra : the premier stage for African American drama
    Call Number: PN2277.S25 P46 2013
    ISBN: 0816683786

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    The house that will not stand
    Call Number: More Info Request
    ISBN: 9781474228848

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    Acting up & getting down : plays by African American Texans
    Call Number: PS628.N4 A28 2014
    ISBN: 9780292754799

    Streaming Video

    • Black Drama
      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.
    • Theatre in Video
      Contains more than 250 definitive performances of the world's leading plays, together with more than 100 film documentaries, online in streaming video - more than 500 hours in all. This release contains 279 titles, representing hundreds of leading playwrights, actors and directors.
    • Black Studies in Video
      Black Studies in Video is a signature Alexander Street Press collection featuring award-winning documentaries, newsreels, interviews and archival footage surveying the evolution of black culture in the United States. In partnership with California Newsreel, the database provides unique access to their African American Classics collection, and includes films covering history, politics, art and culture, family structure, social and economic pressures, and gender relations

    New York Theatre Guide

    by Naomi Wallace
    at Signature Center's Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre
    On the docks of late 18th century Rhode Island, two runaway slaves, Adjua and Dembi, plan a desperate and daring run to freedom. When a chance encounter triggers an unexpected collision of worlds, painful truths are uncovered and the brutality of past crimes spills into the next generation. The Liquid Plain brings to life a group of people whose stories have been erased from history.
    (from Exp Feb 2015 - )

    by Jeff Augustin
    at Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre
    On a balmy night in Miami, a soon-to-be mother, Sula, floats ashore on a car tire. Having braved a perilous journey to escape her native Haiti, Sula is determined to forge a better life in America for her unborn son.
    (from 22 Jan 2015 - Closing on 05 Apr 2015)

    by Katori Hall
    at Signature Center's Irene Diamond Stage
    In 1981, a village girl in Rwanda claims to see the Virgin Mary. Ostracized by her schoolmates and labeled disturbed, everyone refuses to believe, until the impossible starts happening again and again. Skepticism gives way to fear, faith, and fate, causing upheaval in the school community and beyond.
    (from Exp Nov 2014 - )

    by Lemon Andersen
    at The Public Theater
    After 27 years served for murder in Attica s D-Block, Willie Green, aka Dolomite, has become an unlikely father figure to his cellmates, folklore heroes like Jesse James, Hobo Ben, Annabelle Jones, Stackolee and Hard Rock. Though word is brewing throughout Attica that a riot is coming, Dolomite would rather not get involved. But when one of the youngest inmates in their block is viciously beaten by guards for protesting prison conditions, Dolomite has to decide whether to join the riots or lock himself in his cell and hope for a promised parole date and the chance to taste freedom.
    (from 03 Apr 2015 - Closing on 19 Apr 2015)

    by Dorothy Marcic
    at St. Luke's Theatre
    After a matriarch's death, the women in the family clean Grandma's attic and find love and old memories packed away, and in the process, hit tunes that trace the history of black women, from the trials of the 1930s through the Girl Groups of the 60s to the empowerment of the 90s. Songs include 'Oh, Happy Day,' 'Mama Said,' 'I Will Survive,' 'Tyrone,' 'I am Not My Hair' and 'A Woman's Worth.'
    (from 29 Sep 2011 - Booking to 07 Sep 2014)

    Text by Stew, Music by Heidi Rodewald and Stew
    at The Public Theater
    When a British record producer arrives in Montgomery, Alabama to hook Marty Roy, a young black musical prodigy rebelling from the constraints of the world around him, he launches us back into Marty s tumultuous musical upbringing. The son of a gospel star and self-proclaimed healer, Marty spent his childhood writing the songs that have made his charismatic father famous. But in an America on the verge of social upheaval, Marty finds himself at odds with his complicated and spiritually forceful father, desperate to make his own way and his own sound.
    (from 03 Mar 2015 - Closing on 05 Apr 2015)

    by Layon Gray
    at St. Luke's Theatre
    A story told in narrative of six men embarking on a journey to become pilots in the United States Army Air Forces. The play explores their collective struggle with Jim Crow; challenging their intelligence, patriotism, brotherhood, and dreams of an inclusive and fair society.
    (from 05 Jun 2010 - Booking to 15 Feb 2015)

    by Tracey Scott Wilson
    at The Public Theater
    Jackson left his tough Brooklyn neighborhood by winning a scholarship to Exeter, where he met Don, a play-hard rich boy who became his unlikely best friend. Now a Harvard-educated lawyer, Jackson s bought a place in the newly gentrifying area he grew up in. But Jackson s white girlfriend, Suzy, isn t so sure she belongs in a community 'on the verge.' When Don comes to crash with his old buddy and stay clean, his stories of the neighborhood's dangerous past collide with the growing disconnect between Jackson and Suzy, and the treacherous sexual and racial tensions waiting just beyond the door and demanding to be let in.
    (from Exp Spring 2015 - )


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