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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

Daily News Article on Canada Lee

This article attempts to create a portrait of the actor Canada Lee by describing his odd career paths. ...more

Short Bio and Portrait of Canada Lee

The collector's playbill for Native Son included extensive biographies (i.e. about a page each) and portraits of each significant character in the play (i.e. Bigger Thomas, Mary Dalton etc).… ...more

Mule Bone: A Comedy of Negro Life

The cover page of "Mule Bone," the ill-fated collaboration between Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes. As Hughes so succinctly puts it on the cover, the two did indeed "fall out," their… ...more

Zurich Program

Zurich program for the 1965 "Amen Corner" Tour ...more

Cotton Club Program

This Cotton Club program from a 1933 performance gives a clear depiction of the type of wealthy white theater goers that were meant to attend the Cotton Club and Ethel Waters performances. ...more

Tour Stop List

List of stops on 1965 Tour of "The Amen Corner" ...more

"The Amen Corner" Script

Director's Copy of "The Amen Corner" 1965 Script ...more

Julie

Published photograph of Harry Belafonte with fiancee (later, second wife) Julie Robinson at an event celebrating the completion of film "Carmen Jones." The photograph and caption are… ...more

Recent Items

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