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: 15/09/2007
- Category: Plays, playscripts
- ISBN: 9780810123908