By James V. Hatch, Leo Hamalian
This compilation of 16 performs written throughout the Harlem Renaissance brings jointly for the 1st time the works of Langston Hughes, George S. Schuyler,
Francis corridor Johnson, Shirley Graham, and others. within the advent, James V. Hatch units the performs in a old context as he describes the demanding situations awarded to artists via the political and social weather of the time. the themes of the performs hide the world of the
human adventure in kinds as wide-ranging as poetry, farce, comedy, tragedy, social realism, and romance. person introductions to every play supply crucial biographical heritage at the playwrights.
within the carrying on with rediscovery of writers and works from the Harlem Renaissance, misplaced performs of the Harlem Renaissance 1920-1940 serves as crucial history for modern readers and is a necessary contribution to African American literary and theatrical scholarship.
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Come out from under there! (HENRY emerges) Why, you dirty sissy! What are you doing here? MARTHA: I can't get in the kitchen or bedroom. CHARLIE: Come out o' them rooms or I'll shoot! (The two doors open and JOHNNIE and GEORGE emerge with their hats on and hands elevated. The cop motions them over toward the piano) MARTHA THE YELLOW PERIL MARTHA: (rushing over to THE GIRL, who has fainted across the table) She's fainted! Call the doctor! (She tries to revive her) CHARLIE: What are you guys doin' here?
She sees that he is surprised, disgusted and angered; and she fears that trouble will come of it all. ) FISHER: (entering and speaking angrily) What's this? Tur- nin' the house into a dance hall? MRS. FISHER: (to whom he has spoken) That's May's artistic dance—the one she got the medal for. FISHER: Ah don't care what kind o' dance it is; or what she won for it, Ah won't have it in this house. And another thing, if they can't teach you anything better than that there's no use of you goin' to that school any more, (to Mrs.
I would almost say it's downright despicable, the way you treat me. I would, I would, I would. You have no idea what I went through in order to get the twenty dollars for that hat! (He buries his face in his arms and sobs with much heaving of shoulders) You treat me abominably, that's what you do. You're mean, mean, mean to me! THE GIRL: (revolted) Come on, snap out of it, you little sissy! A. before my husband gets here. Beat it! HENRY: (indignantly, hands on hips) So that's the way you treat me, eh?
Lost Plays of the Harlem Renaissance, 1920-1940 by James V. Hatch, Leo Hamalian