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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

Vienna Notice

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

Vienna Newspaper Article

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

Handwritten First Draft of "Dust Tracks on a Road"

A closeup of one of the pages of Hurston's first draft of her memoir, "Dust Tracks on a Road." The tiny handwriting and minute revisions reveal the exacting craftswoman behind her… ...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

Groundplan

"The Amen Corner" 1965 Groundplan ...more

Hamburg Program

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

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

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