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Global Theatre: 1945 to 2000: African American Theatre

Global Theatre: 1945 to 2000: African American Theatre | Black Stage Plays | Scoop.it
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On this website, it is giving information on the Global Theatre as well as the first plays and other important little details about African American Theatre. This is a good source to get the beginning details on definitions, importance of the first African American Theatre, the first stage plays, and options for black actors. This source is chosen because it gives details on the history that was lacking from other sources but it is very important to see that the performers should not be discriminated during this time but yet, they will always have to compete against white actors. 

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Triple Feature of African American Plays

Triple Feature of African American Plays | Black Stage Plays | Scoop.it
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This is a triple feature of some of the best African American Stage Plays during our time. It seems as though plays have changed from the 50s and what they exist to be about now in the 2000s. These plays appeal to the Black community through their plot of hiding secrets during marriages, becoming single, and falling in love with money. It is important to understand that not all plays started out like this but as society changes, so does the plot for plays to appeal to the audience of this time. Black Stage Plays are done and then they will be available on DVD as these are and eventually on Netflix. 

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Dartmouth Professor Considers African American Theater From 19th Century to Present

Soyica Colbert, assistant professor of English, discusses her new book, "The African American Theatrical Body: Reception, Performance, and the Stage" in this...
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In this video, the professor is doing research on African American on the stage. She focuses on how they are using the stage in a different way, how the directors are changing the way that people view African American bodies, and also focusing on a book from the 19th Century by W.E.B. Du Bois. This source goes into details about the stage and the actors which is very important to understand when looking at Black Stage Plays. It also mentions that teaching the actors about their history is important in performing it for others. 

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August Wilson Biography

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African-American playwright August Wilson won a Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award for his play Fences, and earned a second Pulitzer Prize for The Piano Lesson. Learn more at Biography.com.
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Starting in 1979 with his first play, Jitney, helped his career and he could start something for many other writers. August Wilson is important to the Black Stage Plays because he started the peak for other writers. Getting the name of August Wilson after his father's death, he was going to be known as a poet. Going from a poet to a play writer, he made great plays and won many awards until his death in 2005. He is still famous and known in the African American Stage Plays especially in the Atlanta Theatre Festival. 

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5 Reasons Why African American Stage Plays Are Not Respected in Hollywood

5 Reasons Why African American Stage Plays Are Not Respected in Hollywood | Black Stage Plays | Scoop.it
Stage plays are an important part of American culture. But for some reason (or reasons) African American stage plays get much less respect than the others. Here are some theories on why...
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This article explains why African American stage plays get less respect in Hollywood because critics feel as though the acting is poor, the subject manner is hackneyed, plot development is weak, the characters are too stereotypical, and lastly they are seen as sleazy. These negative reasons are impacting great writers such as Tyler Perry who is a famous writer of the 21st Century. This is an important source because it goes into details on why Black Stage Plays are changing and becoming popular. This is good to see that they are learning from their mistakes and it will show other play writers in the future what to avoid.  

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'The Blacklist' Star Talks All-Black Shakespeare Production

'The Blacklist' Star Talks All-Black Shakespeare Production | Black Stage Plays | Scoop.it
Harry Lennix, star of NBC's fall breakout hit "The Blacklist" stopped by "NewsOne Now" with Roland Martin today with some great news for Shakespeare aficionados. In addition to his starring role on...
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This video is important because it is the very first Shakespeare Production being produced which will be Henry the Fourth. It is critical for African Americans to play the roles instead of just having White Actors in this industry all of the time. This goes back to the source that talked about discriminating the white actors from the black actors in Hollywood. If someone can act, then it should be accepted anywhere no matter the race and since this is a Shakespeare Production, they are known to have white actors so this is stepping out of the box for Black Stage Plays. Black Stage Plays always go through hardships but this director seems to be ahead of the industry for the future to come. 

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African American Theatre

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On this website, it is the history of the African American Theatre from the very beginning of Black Stage Plays. It is good to be able to see that it started out as a tradition and nothing more. The tradition was that whites would have to paint their faces black and pretend to be black. It is good to see that this is a very good stepping stone source for this project to see that the history is very important for Black Directors as well as Black actors in Stage Plays. 

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Black Theater: the Making of a Movement

To watch the entire documentary, to read background information and to order DVDs, visit: http://newsreel.org/video/BLACK-THEATER "Black Theater: The Making ...
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The Making of the Movement video is a source that starts off by explaining what was going on in the 50s and the black theatre. It's important to understand that it took time for Black actors to start in this industry without any problems just like any other industry. Raisin in the Sun is one of the famous plays during this time that is introduced to the society. An interview is also in this clip with the first African American Broadway director, Lloyd Richards and his accomplishments, drawbacks, and his goals as the first director, which is important for other directors to research upon and learn from. 

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About Tyler — TylerPerry.com

About Tyler — TylerPerry.com | Black Stage Plays | Scoop.it
Tyler Perry official site
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Tyler Perry's website is very important to this source because people know about his plays that eventually turn into movies. He is famous for his awards and being honored for his plays that are casted by African Americans that can sing and also act. He has millions of fans who watches his plays of "Madea" with problems, being crazy, and having black actors in his plays. With his website, everyone can appreciate what he does, what he stands for in this industry, and where he came from which is poverty and having no experience in this industry at all. 

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About the Festival

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Check out http://atlantablacktheatrefestival.org!
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The mission of Atlanta Black Theatre Festival is to bring the best of the best of Black Theatre to the Atlanta area with 40 plays in 4 days ranging from August Wilson, Tyler Perry, and others. If someone is a theatre lover, then this is the place to be to watch full length performances, celebrity performances, one-act plays, black youth showcases, and educational workshops but this is just a few to name. This is an important source for my topic because it gives an experience for the black theatre people to experience, promote literacy, and interests for the next generations to come. It is important to have a weekend to view what is so important to the Black culture. 

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