About

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

Vienna Notice

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

Draft of "Blood on the Fields" Ending

A draft ending of Langston Hughes' play Harvest (at this time known as "Blood on the Fields"). ...more

Tour Stop List

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

Almanac still

A studio portrait taken to document Harry Belafonte's performance in Almanac, for which he won a Tony. Belafonte hoped to have a career in theater and film. ...more

Farm Owners in Order of Appearance

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

Hughes in Carmel c. 1933

Langston Hughes poses for a portrait on the back steps of his place of residence in Carmel. ...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

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