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Suzan-Lori Parks

The Methuen Drama Guide to Contemporary American Playwrights

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2014

Books

...Imperceptible Mutabilities in the Third Kingdom ; In the Blood ; Fucking A ; Topdog/Underdog ; The America Play Introduction Parks was born on 10 May 1963...

Black Diamond: The Years the Locusts Have Eaten

Written by

J. Nicole Brooks

~playauthor~Written by~ J. Nicole Brooks

Methuen Drama, 2012

Play Anthologies

Playtext

Acts: 2, Roles: Total (21), Female (3), Male (18), Unassigned (0)

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...In Black Diamond (2007), J. Nicole Brooks interrogates contemporary connections and discontinuities between the Africans in Liberia and African Americans in the United States. Set in 1999, the play opens in the middle of the second Liberian...

August Wilson’s Fences

Ladrica Menson-Furr

Ladrica Menson-Furr is Assistant Professor of African American literature at the University of Memphis, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2008

Short Guides and Biography

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...Fences represents the decade of the 1950s, and, when it premiered in 1985, it won the Pulitzer Prize. Set during the beginnings of the civil rights movement, it also concerns generational change and renewal, ending with a celebration...

Dead and Breathing

Written by

Chisa Hutchinson

~playauthor~Written by~ Chisa Hutchinson

Methuen Drama, 2019

Bloomsbury Publishing

Playtext

Roles: Total (2), Female (2), Male (0), Unassigned (0)

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...Cranky old Carolyn Whitlock has been in hospice far too long and just wants to die already. But she'll have to work harder than she ever has in her privileged life to convince her oversharing and very Christian nurse to help her end it....

The Niceties

Written by

Eleanor Burgess

~playauthor~Written by~ Eleanor Burgess

Methuen Drama, 2019

Bloomsbury Publishing

Playtext

Acts: 2, Roles: Total (2), Female (2), Male (0), Unassigned (0)

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...At an elite East Coast university, an ambitious young black student and her esteemed white professor meet to discuss a paper the college junior is writing about the American Revolution. They're both liberal. They're both women. They're both...

Neighbors

~playauthor~Written by~ Branden Jacob-Jenkins

Methuen Drama, 2012

Play Anthologies

Playtext

Scenes: 23, Roles: Total (8), Female (4), Male (4), Unassigned (0)

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...Richard Patterson is not happy. The family of black actors that has moved in next door is rowdy, tacky, shameless, and uncouth. And they are not just invading his neighbourhood – they're infiltrating his family, his sanity, and his entirely...

Good Goods

Written by

Christina Anderson

~playauthor~Written by~ Christina Anderson

Methuen Drama, 2012

Play Anthologies

Playtext

Acts: 4, Roles: Total (6), Female (2), Male (4), Unassigned (0)

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...The protagonist of Christina Anderson’s Good Goods (2009), Stacey Goods, physically returns to the black south, where he tends to his family’s general merchandise store that his father has recently abandoned. Rather than the store’s sole...

Saturday Night/Sunday Morning

Written by

Katori Hall

~playauthor~Written by~ Katori Hall

Methuen Drama, 2011

Contemporary Dramatists

Playtext

Acts: 2, Scenes: 13, Roles: Total (10), Female (6), Male (4), Unassigned (0)

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...Set in the final days of the Second World War at Miss Mary’s Press and Curl beauty parlour and women’s boarding house in Memphis, Tennessee, Saturday Night/Sunday Morning unites a group of young women whose lives have been affected...

7/11

Written by

Kia Corthron

~playauthor~Written by~ Kia Corthron

Methuen Drama, 2019

Bloomsbury Publishing

Playtext

Roles: Total (4), Female (1), Male (3), Unassigned (0)

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...7/11 by Kia Corthron is a short play based on the September 11th attacks...

August Wilson

The Methuen Drama Guide to Contemporary American Playwrights

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2014

Books

...Gem of the Ocean ; Joe Turner’s Come and Gone ; Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom ; The Piano Lesson ; Seven Guitars ; Fences ; Two Trains Running ; Jitney...