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From the Margins to Center Stage: Tyler Perry’s Popular African American Theatre

Rashida Z. Shaw

in From Madea to Media Mogul: Theorizing Tyler Perry

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781496807045
eISBN:
9781496807083
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496807045.003.0002
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

If Perry now functions as a platform onto himself, his career began with seemingly much less broad, but no less significant, aspirations. In her analysis of taste, class, and the popular, in Chapter ... More


Setting the Stage

Craig R. Prentiss

in Staging Faith: Religion and African American Theater from the Harlem Renaissance to World War II

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814707951
eISBN:
9780814708408
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814707951.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter narrates how black playwrights in the 1920s inherited the history of tensions between theater and church, as well as the bridges opened to theater by progressive congregations. However, ... More


Black Feminist Performance

Macelle Mahala

in Penumbra: The Premier Stage for African American Drama

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816683741
eISBN:
9781452948478
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816683741.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Drama

Chapter five recognizes the practice of black feminist performance at Penumbra during the nineteen nineties and early two thousands, concentrating specifically on the work of Rebecca Rice, Laurie ... More


Saturday Night at the S Street Salon: New Negro Women Playwrights

Treva B. Lindsey

in Colored No More: Reinventing Black Womanhood in Washington, D.C.

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780252041020
eISBN:
9780252099571
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252041020.003.0005
Subject:
Society and Culture, Gender Studies

This chapter introduces one of the most understudied communities of New Negro writers. Commencing in the 1920s, African American writer Georgia Douglas Johnson invited writers to her home on Saturday ... More


Blackness in the Image of God

Craig R. Prentiss

in Staging Faith: Religion and African American Theater from the Harlem Renaissance to World War II

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814707951
eISBN:
9780814708408
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814707951.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter looks at plays that frame Christianity in a positive light and utilize the Bible as raw material to tell stories affirming the dignity of the African American people. Authors Marita ... More


The Plays of Carlton and Barbara Molette: The Transformative Power of African-American Theater

Silvia Pilar Castro-Borrego

in Deferred Dreams, Defiant Struggles: Critical Perspectives on Blackness, Belonging, and Civil Rights

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9781786940339
eISBN:
9781786945006
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781786940339.003.0006
Subject:
History, African-American History

Chapter offers a critical analysis of Barbara and Carlton Molette’s body of theatrical work. It focuses in particular on the racial and class politics present within the plays Rosalee Pritchett ... More


Beginnings

Macelle Mahala

in Penumbra: The Premier Stage for African American Drama

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816683741
eISBN:
9781452948478
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816683741.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Drama

Chapter one looks at the founding of the theatre, its initial mission, and the establishment of a particular production aesthetic during the first year of the theatre’s existence.


Building a Repertoire and an Ensemble

Macelle Mahala

in Penumbra: The Premier Stage for African American Drama

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816683741
eISBN:
9781452948478
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816683741.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Drama

Chapter two covers the professionalization of the theatre, paying particular attention to the development of an ensemble practice that created a significant local and national reputation.


Dynamic Reciprocity: August Wilson and Penumbra

Macelle Mahala

in Penumbra: The Premier Stage for African American Drama

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816683741
eISBN:
9781452948478
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816683741.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Drama

Chapter four focuses on how August Wilson’s career intersected with that of the theatre and several of its company members. Penumbra nurtured and developed the early career of August Wilson. Wilson, ... More


Intercultural Collaborations

Macelle Mahala

in Penumbra: The Premier Stage for African American Drama

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816683741
eISBN:
9781452948478
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816683741.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Drama

Chapter six calls attention to Penumbra’s intercultural collaborations with specific playwrights such as William S. Yellow Robe Jr. and Suzan Murakoshi. This chapter also details specific efforts to ... More


Penumbra: The Premier Stage for African American Drama

Macelle Mahala

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816683741
eISBN:
9781452948478
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816683741.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Drama

This book looks at aspects of Penumbra Theatre Company’s history as a case study of African American theatrical practice. It reveals the history of African American theatre to be vibrant, diverse, ... More


Black Nativity

Macelle Mahala

in Penumbra: The Premier Stage for African American Drama

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816683741
eISBN:
9781452948478
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816683741.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Drama

Chapter three examines three versions of Penumbra’s annual holiday production of the musical, Black Nativity, which serves as a specific example of local community engagement.


Shuffle Along: 1921

Richard Carlin and Ken Bloom

in Eubie Blake: Rags, Rhythm, and Race

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
August 2020
ISBN:
9780190635930
eISBN:
9780190635961
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190635930.003.0005
Subject:
Music, History, American, Popular

This chapter relates the story of Shuffle Along, the first all-black musical to achieve success with a white audience on Broadway; the history of previous attempts to stage African American written ... More


Maintaining a Legacy

Macelle Mahala

in Penumbra: The Premier Stage for African American Drama

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816683741
eISBN:
9781452948478
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816683741.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Drama

Chapter seven depicts the unique economic challenges that face African American arts institutions and covers the various strategies Penumbra’s board of directors have used to face these challenges. ... More


Young Lion of Broadway

David Luhrssen

in Mamoulian: Life on Stage and Screen

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780813136769
eISBN:
9780813141336
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813136769.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

In 1926 Mamoulian moved to New York to join the Theatre Guild, a prestigious company dedicated to staging innovative, artistic work. Mamoulian demonstrated his ability to handle American subjects, ... More


The Pekin: The Rise and Fall of Chicago's First Black-Owned Theater

Thomas Bauman

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252038365
eISBN:
9780252096242
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252038365.001.0001
Subject:
History, African History

In 1904, political operator and gambling boss Robert T. Motts opened the Pekin Theater in Chicago. Dubbed the “Temple of Music,” the Pekin became one of the country's most prestigious African ... More


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