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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

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

Vienna Notice

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

Cover of Collector's Playbill of Native Son

Early 1940's production of Native Son starring Canada Lee. Cover offers sketches of Canada Lee as Bigger Thomas and Anne Burr as Mary Dalton. ...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

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

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 Sidney Poitier Story

Early article highlighting the sensationalism surrounding Poitier's career. ...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

Recent Items

Dust Tracks on a Road typed draft sample

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Typed draft with author emendations ...more

Baldwin Portrait

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

Vienna Notice

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

Hamburg Program

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