By Annemarie Bean
A Sourcebook on African-American Performance is the 1st quantity to think about African-American functionality among and past the Black Arts stream of the Sixties and the hot Black Renaissance of the 1990s.
As with all titles within the Worlds of Performance sequence, the Sourcebook contains vintage texts in addition to newly commissioned items by way of impressive students, writers and performers. It contains the performs 'Sally's Rape' by way of Robbie McCauley and 'The American Play' through Suzan-Lori Parks, and is derived whole with a considerable, old advent via Annemarie Bean.
Articles, essays, manifestos and interviews integrated conceal issues such as:
* theatre at the specialist, progressive and school stages
* live performance dance
* group activism
* step shows
* functionality art.
Contributors comprise Annemarie Bean, Ed Bullins, Barbara Lewis, John O'Neal, Glenda Dickersun, James V. Hatch, Warren Budine Jr. and Eugene Nesmith.
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Do you know why I taught her to cuss? JACK: Why no, I have no idea. Why did you? BIG GIRL: Well, it was to give her freedom, ya know? (Jack shakes his head) Ya see, workin’ in the hospital with all the nuts and fruits and crazies and weirdos I get ideas ‘bout things. I saw how when they get these kids in who have cracked up and even with older people who come in out of their skulls they all mostly cuss. Mostly all of them, all the time they out of their heads, they cuss all the time and do other wild things, and boy do some of them really get into it and let out all of that filthy shit that’s been stored up all them years.
BIG GIRL: Better watch it, Miss Famie. Wine and gin will rust your gizzard. CLARA: Ohh… (pours a glass of wine) …Here, Miss Famie. BABY GIRL: CAT! CAT! BIG GIRL: (singsong, lifting her glass) Mus’ I tell’ …muscatel… jitterbug champagne, (reminisces) Remember, Clara, the first time I got you to take a drink? (to Miss Famie) You should of seen her. Some of this same cheap rotgut here. She’d never had a drink before but she wanted to show me how game she was. She was a bright little smart thing, just out of high school and didn’t know her butt from a door nob.
ROLAND: It’s a long time going—man—this hopelessness—and it ain’t no better. Shit. All those good thinking people changing their minds never believed in the first fucking place. JIMMY: (stands up) Man. Do you know that jest yesterday I was running down my ghetto street and these two white dudes stopped me and asked what I was doing out so early in the morning—and cuz I was high off some smoke—I said man—it’s my street—I can walk on it any time. And they grabbed me and told me where everything was.