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Black Acts

Creativity and Celebrity in Twentieth-Century Theater

Created by the students of “African American Theater” in the spring of 2013, this web exhibition was borne of a desire to explore different modes of writing, to make use of the amazing resources in black theater held by the Beinecke Library at Yale University, and to share those resources as a work of public scholarship. more . . .

Featured Items

Solicitation for A Hughes Play by The Theatre Union

Langston Hughes was contacted by The Theatre Union in 1933 in hopes of producing one of his plays; his response marked on the bottom right indicated he was working on a play with Ella… ...more

Mr Poitier: Uptown and Downtown

Cover and Full-length feature article in July 1963 issue of "Cosmopolitan Magazine". Full-length feature highlights Poitier’s humble beginnings and approaches his "celebrity" status… ...more

Collage of Articles for As Thousands Cheer

Rave revues of As Thousands Cheer taken from Carl Van Vechten's collection.
As Thousands Cheer is Rich in Biting Satire and Humor
Jerry Sees a New Show
Thousands Cheer is a Merry Revue ...more

Langston Hughes Writes To The Theatre Union Regarding "Harvest"

Langston Hughes replied to the multiple requests from The Theatre Union for a new play with a letter outlining what would eventually be called "Harvest." ...more

Zora Neale Hurston's Signature

"Sincerely, Zora" was Hurston's most frequent sign-off in her personal letters; the perfect encapsulation of the easy, free, and authentic persona that she was constantly constructing and… ...more

"Model Marries a Screen Star"

Article in "Our World" Magazine announcing the marriage of 21-year-old up-and-coming model Juanita Hardy to film star Sidney Poitier. ...more

Two Page Spread of Native Son

This two page spread in the Brandts playbill offers a mix of images from the show Native Son, as well as some photos of Orson Welles directing amongst the cast. Most images here include… ...more

Vienna Newspaper Article

Viennese newspaper review of the 1965 tour of "The Amen Corner" ...more

Dust Tracks on a Road typed draft sample

Typed draft with author emendations ...more

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Dust Tracks on a Road typed draft sample

Typed draft with author emendations ...more

Baldwin Portrait

One of Carl Van Vechten's Portraits of James Baldwin ...more

Vienna Notice

Advance copy of a Vienna notice of the 1965 touring production of "The Amen Corner" ...more

Hamburg Program

Hamburg program for the 1965 touring production of "The Amen Corner" ...more