GRANNY MAUMEE. THE RIDER OF DREAMS. SIMON THE CYRENIAN. PLAYS FOR A NEGRO THEATRE

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GRANNY MAUMEE. THE RIDER OF DREAMS. SIMON THE CYRENIAN. PLAYS FOR A NEGRO THEATRE
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New York: Macmillan and Co., Ltd., . First Edition Cloth-backed boards. This collection of plays by the white playwright Torrence was published the same month as their first production on Broadway (with perhaps the first Black actors to appear in leading roles on Broadway), a production James Weldon Johnson in BLACK MANHATTAN called "the most important single event in the entire history of the Negro in the American theatre.... It was the first time anywhere in the United States for Negroes in the dramatic theatre to command the serious attention of the critics and of the general press and public." Raoul Abdul in his article "The Negro Playwright on Broadway" dates the true beginning of African-American theatre to the date these one-act plays premiered: "These plays by a white poet opened two great doors: the door to the use of Negro life as material for serious theatre and the door to acceptance of Negro actors as performers in non-musical theatre." An important and scarce book, especially in this condition. Fine in a Near Fine dustwrapper with small chips at the rear (Item ID: 001276)


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