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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

The Sidney Poitier Story

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

Groundplan

"The Amen Corner" 1965 Groundplan ...more

Solicitation for A Hughes Play by The Theatre Union

Langston Hughes was contacted by The Theatre Union in 1933 in hopes of producing one of his plays; his response marked on the bottom right indicated he was working on a play with Ella… ...more

As Thousands Cheer Playbill

Ethel Waters was hailed by most theater critics of both african american papers and white newspaper as the top performer in "As Thousands Cheer". Ethel Waters, and her number "Supper Time"… ...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

American Film Institute Life Achievement Award Booklet

Features several pages of the booklet created for Sidney Poitier's Life Achievement Award Celebration. ...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

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

Dust Tracks on a Road typed draft sample

Typed draft with author emendations ...more

Almanac Picture Book (front)

The front cover of a "picture book," with release timed to Harry Belafonte's performance in Almanac. The look of the photograph is evocative of Belafonte's Calypso persona. ...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