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In 1917, these were presented at the Garden Theater in New York under the title Three Plays for a Negro Theater

In 1917, these were presented at the Garden Theater in New York under the title Three Plays for a Negro Theater.

Curtis explores in great depth both the progress in race relations that led to this production and the multifaceted .

Curtis explores in great depth both the progress in race relations that led to this production and the multifaceted reasons for its quick demise. Three Plays for a Negro Theater opened on the eve of the United States' entrance into World War I. Curtis attributes the early closure of the three plays to this coincidence, but she does not settle for so simple an explanation.

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Curtis explores in great depth both the progress in race relations that led to this .

Curtis explores in great depth both the progress in race relations that led to this production and the multi-faceted reasons for its quick demise. She also investigates the heightened national self-consciousness that followed the United States' entry into the war. By focusing on a single event at a critical moment in history, ""The First Black Actors on the Great White Way"" offers a glimpse into race relations in early 20th-century American society.

The book revolves around the production Three Plays for a Negro Theater, written by Ridgely Torrence, and the numerous social, political, and aesthetic questions it raised within and beyond its Broadway context. Curtis explores how the "arrival of the first black actors in this province of white playwrights, managers, actors, and plays represented the first major confrontation of racialized assumptions about art and nationality in the twentieth-century American theater" (13).

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Book Overview Curtis explores both the progress of race relations that led to this production and the reasons for its quick demise.

Three Plays for the Negro Theater by Ridgely Torrence was the first production on Broadway to feature an all black cast. Despite early critical acclaim the show closed within a month and received little attention thereafter. Curtis explores both the progress of race relations that led to this production and the reasons for its quick demise.

Written by: Susan Curtis Published by: University of Missouri Press, American, founded 1958.

National Museum of African American History and Culture. African American Theatre. Written by: Susan Curtis Published by: University of Missouri Press, American, founded 1958. Physical Description. Medium: ink on paper Dimensions: H x W: 9 1/2 x 6 1/2 x 1 1/4 in. (2. x 1. x . cm).

She also will discuss her book, "The First Black Actors on the Great White Wa.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue University's Black Cultural Center will sponsor a discussion on "African-American Theater in a Time of War" at 6 . Susan Curtis, professor of history and director of interdisciplinary programs at Purdue, will be the featured speaker as part of the BCC Library/Faculty BookTalk series. The lecture is free and open to the public.

See Susan Curtis, The First Black Actors on the Great White Way (Columbia: University of Missouri .

See Susan Curtis, The First Black Actors on the Great White Way (Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1998). For a discussion about black actors at the turn of the century, see David Krasner, Resistance, Parody, and Double Consciousness in African American Theatre, 1895–1910 (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1997). Barbara L. Webb, The Black Dandyism of George Walker: A Case Study in Genealogical Method, TDR 4. (Winter 2001), 7–24. CrossRefGoogle Scholar. 13. Warren Susman, Culture as History: The Transformation of American Society in the Twentieth Century (New York: Pantheon Books, 1984), 10. oogle Scholar.

A study of Three Plays for a Negro Theater, the first all-Black cast producation on Broadway, tells the story of those responsible for the groundbreaking 1917 production
The First Black Actors on the Great White Way download epub
Performing Arts
Author: Susan Curtis
ISBN: 082621195X
Category: Arts & Photography
Subcategory: Performing Arts
Language: English
Publisher: Univ of Missouri Pr (December 1998)
Pages: 277 pages