The Best Black Plays 2003-2006 : The Theodore Ward Prize for African American Playwriting, Paperback / softback Book

The Best Black Plays 2003-2006 : The Theodore Ward Prize for African American Playwriting Paperback / softback

Edited by Chuck Smith


Within the relatively recent development of a tradition of African American playwriting, the Theodore Ward Prize has, over its twenty-year history, offered a rich reflection of the accomplishments of emerging and established black playwrights and their growing importance in shaping contemporary theater.

This volume showcases three winners of the Theodore Ward Prize - plays that, in their quality and subject matter, aptly represent what is being written and produced by African American playwrights and theaters today.

Carefully selected by a director and educator who has been affiliated with the contest for eighteen of its twenty years, these three works have themes that range from the sordid shenanigans of a Depression-era ""South Side Burial Society"" (Leslie Lee's ""Sundown Names and Night-Gone Things"") to a single mother's heartbreaking battle to save her children's souls (Mark Clayton Southers' ""Ma Noah"") to a poignant and achingly funny reunion of three sisters after their parents' death (Kim Euell's ""The Diva Daughters DuPree"").

Their publication answers a growing demand for the work of African American playwrights even as it affords deep and varied insights into African American culture in our era.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Northwestern University Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Plays, playscripts
  • ISBN: 9780810123908


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