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.