Make your own free website on
Fine Arts--Theatre

Contemporary Drama: Black Theatre

What is Theatre
Festivals and Origins
Elements of Classical Tragedy
Renaissance Theatre in England
Elements of Revenge Tragedy
Elizabethan and Shakespearean Acting
French Neoclassicism
French Neoclassicism II
French Theatre--16th and 17th C.
The Nineteenth Century--World Views
The Nineteenth Century--Production Changes
Nineteenth Century--The Well-made Play
Theatre of the Absurd
Absurdism as Philosophy
Existentialism--Search for Meaning
Naturalism--Emile Zola
Realism--Henrik Ibsen
Contemporary Drama: Black Theatre

Black Theatre as Contemporary Drama



Among the important black playwrights are Lorraine Hansberry (A Raisin in the Sun, 1959) and August Wilson (Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, 1984). The

African‑American director Lloyd Richards produced A Raisin in the Sun

and directed Ma Rainey's Black Bottom at Yale Repertory Theatre and

then on Broadway.


August Wilson won the Pulitzer Prize for Fences in 1985.  He has been in the news recently because he has asserted that only black directors can understand and reveal the voice of black playwrights. This issue and other concerns reveal that politics and ideology continue to shape theatre practice.

Fine Arts-Theatre with dr.b