Black Drama is a collection of 1,450 plays from the mid-1800s to present day by more than 150 playwrights from North America, Africa and the Caribbean.
Many of the works in this collection are rare, hard to find or out of print. Nearly a quarter of the collection consists of previously unpublished plays by writers such as Langston Hughes, Ed Bullins, Willis Richardson, Amiri Baraka, Randolph Edmonds, Zora Neale Hurston and many others.
Each play is extensively indexed to allow keyword and multi-field searches. The plays are accompanied by reference materials, significant ancillary information, a rich performance database, and images. The result is an exceptionally deep and unified collection that illustrates the many purposes that black theater has served: to give testimony to the ancient foundations of black culture, to protest injustices, to project emerging images of the New Black, and to give voice to the many and varied expressions of black creativity.
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