By Sandra Mayo,Elvin Holt
One of the few books of its variety, Acting Up and Getting Down brings jointly seven African American literary voices that every one have a connection to the Lone celebrity kingdom. protecting Texas subject matters and common ones, this assortment showcases often-overlooked literary skills to deliver to existence inspiring features of black theatre history.
Capturing the depth of racial violence in Texas, from the conflict of San Jacinto to a global conflict I–era revolt at a Houston education flooring, Celeste Bedford Walker's Camp Logan and Ted Shine's Ancestors supply attention-grabbing narratives in the course of the lens of historical past. Thomas Meloncon's Johnny B. Goode and George Hawkins's Br'er Rabbit discover the cultural legacies of blues song and folktales. 3 unflinching dramas (Sterling Houston's Driving Wheel, Eugene Lee's Killingsworth, and Elizabeth Brown-Guillory's When the Ancestors Call) study homosexuality, a demise within the relations, and baby abuse, bringing to mild the non-public tensions of intersections among the person and the community.
Supplemented by means of a chronology of black literary milestones in addition to a playwrights' canon, Acting Up and Getting Down places the highlight on inventive achievements that experience for too lengthy been excluded from Texas letters. The ensuing anthology not just presents new perception right into a nearby event but in addition completes the yankee tale as informed onstage.
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Acting Up and Getting Down: Plays by African American Texans (Southwestern Writers Collection Series, Wittliff Collections) by Sandra Mayo,Elvin Holt