11. African American Theatre

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African American Theatre 4. Themes / Issues to Consider A. Access For performers For audience Related question: Who is the intended audience? B. Representation – What kind of image, how do you want to represent ppl/culture? C. Voice – Specific or multiple voices? 5. 19 . century, part 1: African Grove Theatre Founded by William Henry Brown, 1821 1 st known African American theatre company Outdoor tea garden turned indoor theatre Repertory -Shakespeare (Othello, Richard III, etc.) -King Shotoway Ira Aldridge (1807-1867) -Great classical actor (Othello, Shylock, Macbeth, Linear) -Couldn’t get work in US; became a sensation in Europe Ended in 1823 (Cause officially unknown) -White harassment 6. 19 . century, part2: Bert Williams A. Bert Williams (1874-1922) Enormously successful actor & comedian -Started in Minstrelsy -Performed in blackface -Vaudeville: Williams and Walker -Starred in musical comedies on Broadway (In Dahomey, 1903) -Ziegfeld Follies Struggles with Discrimination Legacy -Visibility
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-“He has done more for our race than I have. He has smiled his way into people’s
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