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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

Africana Ticket 1927

Here we can see exactly how much focus was put on Waters in her 1927 performance of the all black revue Africana at Daly's 63rd Street Theater. The ticket, much like all the marketing for… ...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

"The Amen Corner" Script

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

Hughes note

Congratulatory note from Langston Hughes to Harry Belafonte, following his Tony award–winning performance in Almanac. Belafonte grew up observing the curious accessibility of celebrities… ...more

Murder Scene in Native Son

This image includes a photo of the murder scene in Native Son. Bigger Thomas (Canada Lee) smothers the drunk Mary Dalton (Anne Burr) in an effort to keep her quiet about his presence in her… ...more

Almanac Picture Book (back)

The back cover of a "picture book," with release timed to Harry Belafonte's performance in Almanac. The look of the photograph evokes Belafonte the stage actor, in contrast to the front… ...more

Farm Owners in Order of Appearance

Langston Hughes wrestled with the individual pathologies of his characters, including the farm owners. ...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