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Plays by Lonne Elder III

audio Ceremonies in Dark Old Men

LA Theatre Works
Type: Audio

This classic play by Academy Award nominee Lonne Elder III gives us the portrait of a Harlem family that dreams of a better life, but pursues it in tragic ways. First produced by the Negro Ensemble Company in 1969, the critically acclaimed Ceremonies in Dark Old Men opened the door for a new generation of African American playwrights, including August Wilson and Lynn Nottage.

An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring Rocky Carroll, Brandon Dirden, Jason Dirden, Julia Pace Mitchell, Charlie Robinson, Glynn Turman and Michole Briana White.

Directed by Judyann Elder. Recorded before a live audience at the Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles.

Featuring: Rocky Carroll, John Cothran Jr.(Sunday only), Brandon Dirden, Jason Dirden, Julia Pace Mitchell, Charlie Robinson, Glynn Turman, Michole Briana White

Lonne Elder III (1927–1996) was an American playwright, screenwriter and actor. One of the first African Americans to be nominated for the Academy Award for writing, for his script for Sounder. Along with Lorraine Hansberry, Imamu Amiri Baraka, Ed Bullins and Douglas Turner Ward, Lonne Elder III formed part of the late 1950s Black Theatre movement. He acted in Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun (1959) and Ward’s Day of Absence (1967). From 1968 to 1978 he directed the playwriting programme for the Negro Ensemble Company which was committed to developing black American playwrights. His Ceremonies in Dark Old Men (1969) is a compassionate view of the lives of men in Harlem and the ceremonies they use to escape from the harshness of their environment. As well as Sounders, his other screenplays include Sounders II and Bustin’ Loose.