Includes the full text of ten
plays, including A Soldier's Play, Home, and The River Niger. This book is a
~Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis
Plays from the Negro Ensemble Company
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Paul Carter Harrison (Editor) Gus Edwards (Editor)
Paperback: 624 pages
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press; 1 edition (October 12, 1995)
Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.2 x 1.6 inches
This anthology celebrates more than twenty-five years of the Negro Ensemble Company's significant contribution to American theater. Collected here are ten plays most representative of the eclectic nature of the Negro Ensemble Company repertoire.
This anthology celebrates more than twenty-five years of the Negro Ensemble Company’s significant contribution to American theater. Collected here are ten plays most representative of the eclectic nature of the Negro Ensemble Company repertoire.
The Negro Ensemble Company (NEC) was formed in New York City in 1967 with support from the Ford Foundation to aid in the establishment of an independent African-American theater institution. Under the artistic directorship of Douglas Turner Ward, the NEC offered a nurturing environment to black playwrights and actors who could work autonomously, guaranteeing authenticity of voice, full freedom of expression, and exploration of thematic views specific to the African-American experience.
Since its inception, the NEC has introduced audiences to more than 150
theatrical works. Classic Plays from the Negro Ensemble Company allows
scholars to review a diversity of styles which share common philosophical,
mythic, and social ideals that can be traced to an African worldview. A
foreword by Douglas Turner Ward and an afterword by Paul Carter Harrison and
Gus Edwards assess the literary and/or stylistic significance of the plays
and place each work in its historical or chronological context.
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A Soldier's Play - 1
Ceremonies in Dark Old Men - 55
Home - 119
The Sty of the Blind Pig - 175
Daughters of the Mock - 229
The Offering - 263
The First Breeze of Summer - 301
Dream on Monkey Mountain - 375
The River Niger - 433
The Great MacDaddy - 509
In Conversation - 589
An Afterword - [s.n.]