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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

Playbills from "A Raisin in the Sun"

Several playbills highlighting Poitier's starring role as Walter Lee Younger in Lorraine Hansberry's "A Raisin in the Sun" ...more

Giant strides

A 1950s article entitled "Giant Strides of U.S. Negro." The accompanying photograph speaks to the mutability of Harry Belafonte's race identity in the public eye. ...more

Magazine Cover Features

Covers of Jet Magazine (1955 and 1968), Life Magazine (1966), and Ebony Magazine (1971) featuring Sidney Poitier during various stages in his career ...more

Tour Stop List

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

The Sidney Poitier Story

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

Two Page Spread of Native Son

This two page spread in the Brandts playbill offers a mix of images from the show Native Son, as well as some photos of Orson Welles directing amongst the cast. Most images here include… ...more

Hamburg Program

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

Zurich Program

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

Marguerite

Published photograph of Harry Belafonte with first wife Marguerite and daughters Shari and Adrienne. The domesticity of the scene appears in contrast to some media portrayals of Belafonte… ...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