Black Theater In Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin In The Sun

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African American theatre also known as black theatre is a prime example of a theatre that reflects the diversity of American culture and the contributions of a particular group to this culture. During the early 20th century Bob Cole and William Johnson conceived, wrote, produced, and directed the first black musical comedy. The early twentieth century also saw the formation of African American stock companies, like the Lafayette Players who had presented over 250 productions and employed a number of black stars. One significant development for black theatre during the 1930s was the Federal Theatre Project, which was meant to help theater artist through the Great Depression. The 1950s saw an explosion of black theater that would continue over the next five decades. Possibly the most important production of the postwar era was A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry. It was about a black family in Chicago, held together by a God-fearing mother, who is planning to move into a predominantly white neighborhood where the family will be unwelcome. From 1960 to the 1990s, there was an outpouring of African American theatre, much of it reflecting the struggle for civil rights. In 1970 the black theater alliance listed…show more content…
The participants frequently attempt to recapture not only themes and subjects appropriate to Native Americans culture but also the production styles and approaches of the original theatrical presentations. Hannay Geiogamah founded the Native American Theatre Ensemble, which was originally the American Indian Theatre Ensemble. Spiderwoman Theatre comes under the headings of both Native American theatre and feminist theatre. Founded in 1975, it is the longest continually running women’s theatre in North America, as well as a Native American theatre. What is important to note about Native American theatre today is that it is not primarily historical or
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