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  • Reggie Edmund

    Native Son by Nambi E. Kelley
    All the Dying Voices by Reginald Edmund
    Black Lives, Black Words International Project

  • Ceci Fernandez

    I actually can’t believe Tarell Alvin Mccraney isn’t on this list. A MacArthur Genius and Yale grad and incredible representative of his community. How did you overlook him? The Brother’s Size is a perfect addition to this list.
    Also: Where is The Royale by Marco Ramirez?

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  • Great list of plays showing the American struggle. The pictures are great too it makes me feel like I am watching the play already! Thanks for the share.

  • Alexander Charles Adams

    This is an excellent list, but An Octoroon by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins needs to be added.

    • Megan Sandberg-Zakian

      I think we made the list before “An Octoroon,” actually. Thank you! Would love to hear about more additions. Maybe we can do a part two.

  • Guest

    I would like to recommend my play “The Bridge Party,” which is included in Kathy Perkins’s anthology “Strange Fruit, Plays on Lynching.” The setting for my play is the weekly meeting of a bridge club held by a group of Black Southern club women and a parallel event, a lynching of the young Cordie Cheek that takes place on a bridge in their town. The lynching of Cordie Cheek, an actual event, was the impetus for the book “No More Social Lynchings.” I would also like to recommend my play “Music History” about Black college students in 1963, one of whom is in SNCC and travels to Mississippi to organize voter registration.

  • Sandra Seaton

    I would like to recommend my play “The Bridge Party,” which is included in Kathy Perkins’s anthology “Strange Fruit, Plays on Lynching.” The setting for my play is the weekly meeting of a bridge club held by a group of Black Southern club women and a parallel event, a lynching of the young Cordie Cheek that takes place on a bridge in their town. The lynching of Cordie Cheek, an actual event, was the impetus for the book “No More Social Lynchings.” I would also like to recommend my play “Music History” about Black college students in 1963, one of whom is in SNCC and travels to Mississippi to organize voter registration.

    • Megan Sandberg-Zakian

      Thank you. These sound incredible.

  • Aurin Squire

    Great list! My play “Obama-ology” opened in London this past December and was about race, police stops, and getting Obama elected from a small campaign office in Cleveland while fighting the local cops. And I’m apart of the the American Theatre Company (Chicago) Ferguson series coming up in April. I have 2 short plays about this issue: “Mississippi Goddamn” and “Putting Wings on a Pig.”

    • Megan Sandberg-Zakian

      YES. Thank you Aurin. And your current play “Running on Fire” seems extraordinary.

  • AJ Muhammad

    Thais Francis is the author of “Outcry.”

    • Megan Sandberg-Zakian

      Thank you!

  • nicatnight21

    Fantastic list! Can´t wait to sink my teeth into them. And thanks to all who´ve added to this list, especially the lynching plays: It´s nice to give full historical context to all the artists who have so eloquently spoken out against injustice.

  • NYUdrama

    A critically and artistically significant solo piece to add is James Scruggs’s DISPOSABLE MEN. A pre-Katrina work, it premiered at HERE in NYC, had an extended run and returned for additional performances. It interrogates the disputed location of black men in US culture through several theatrical lenses. Its poignant ending focuses on the murders of unarmed black men; its images will stay with you for a very, very long time — the audience is ‘invited’ to use laser guns as chalked outlines of bodies eventually fill the stage floor. Names of dead black men from the city in which the performance takes place are scrolled at the end of the evening. Powerful, strong work that is not to be missed. Scruggs’s voice is an important one in US theatre.

  • Amy C. Buckler

    Outside Agitators by Laura Nessler and The Brother/ Sister Plays by Tarell Alvin McCraney.

  • Carol Horn

    Zoot Suit by Luis Valdez

  • Hannibal(1)

    The fact that the play Blood Play by Alice Childress isn’t here is so disappointing given your recent article about the wonderful LA production. Seeing that show the day after the garner verdict was one of the eeriest experiences of my theatre going life.

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  • Jordan Cohen

    I’d like to add Georgia Douglas Johnson’s A Sunday Morning in the South, Safe, and Blue-Eyed Black Boy. These are all anti-lynching dramas written in the 1910s and 20s (and they are short and pack a punch). There is a whole genre of anti-lynching drama written between about 1915 and 1940 or so. Kathy A. Perkins and Judith L. Stephens published an important volume of this drama by Johnson and several other playwrights in 1998. The volume also contains analytical and historical essays by Perkins and Stephens. I had my theatre history III class at Hunter College in NYC read Sunday Morning and The Dutchman together last week and it rose countless aesthetic and political issues. It was one of the best classes of the semester.

    • Yes! All of those plays are examined in my book LIVING WITH LYNCHING, which this piece offers as suggested reading. Anyone who tackles the one-act plays you mention (which teach very well), then LIVING WITH LYNCHING may give much of the context they’d need.

  • I look forward to more plays being added to this list. I’m even more excited about the opportunity to discuss the plays on this list in more depth.

  • Carlos Manuel

    Excellent list. Some of the links do not work though.

    • Megan Sandberg-Zakian

      Carlos, let us know which links aren’t functioning and we’ll try to resolve it – thank you!

      • Carlos Manuel

        The three links that do not work are: “Pitbull,” “Jim Jon Crow,” and “Outcry.”

        • Megan Sandberg-Zakian

          Thank you Carlos! Those should all be working now. Appreciate the tip.

  • Dan Wolf

    Chasing Mesherle by Chinaka Hodge

    • Megan Sandberg-Zakian

      Thanks Dan!

  • Mekeva McNeil

    I don’t think that Hurt Village is relevant to the purpose of this listing of plays. I think that it is good to focus on the Black American experience.

    • Megan Sandberg-Zakian

      Hi Mekeva, can you explain more about why you don’t think “Hurt Village” is relevant? It’s about a group of Black Americans who live in a Memphis housing project. I think the NYT review sums it up pretty well. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/28/theater/reviews/hurt-village-by-katori-hall.html. Thank you for your comment!

      • Mekeva McNeil

        You are absolutely correct Megan. I was thinking of another play. My mistake. Hurt Village most certainly belongs on this list!

        • Megan Sandberg-Zakian

          Thanks Mekeva!

    • Jason Ramirez

      Agreed.

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