Dictionary of the Black Theatre
Call Number: Africana Reference PN2270 A35 W8 and Olin Reference PN2270 A35 W86
Publication Date: Westport, Conn.: Greenwood, 1983
Documentation for approximately three hundred shows, from 1898 to 1981, is provided in part I. The title of each show is followed by its theatre, opening date, number of performances, complete list of creative personnel, cast credits, and, where appropriate, a list of the shoW's songs. Each entry also contains a plot summary, a survey of critical comment, and, where significant, an analysis of the shoW's historical context. Part II includes biographical entries for major performers, writers, and directors, and notes on those organizations which encouraged the growth and development of black theatre in New York City. The Dictionary concludes with a chronology of all shows included in the text, a discography of black shows, and a selected bibliography of studies related to black theatre history and criticism.