By Sandra Mayo,Elvin Holt

One of the few books of its sort, Acting Up and Getting Down brings jointly seven African American literary voices that each one have a connection to the Lone megastar kingdom. protecting Texas topics and common ones, this assortment showcases often-overlooked literary skills to carry to existence inspiring points of black theatre history.

Capturing the depth of racial violence in Texas, from the conflict of San Jacinto to an international conflict I–era insurrection at a Houston education floor, Celeste Bedford Walker's Camp Logan and Ted Shine's Ancestors offer interesting narratives throughout the lens of heritage. Thomas Meloncon's Johnny B. Goode and George Hawkins's Br'er Rabbit discover the cultural legacies of blues track and folktales. 3 unflinching dramas (Sterling Houston's Driving Wheel, Eugene Lee's Killingsworth, and Elizabeth Brown-Guillory's When the Ancestors Call) study homosexuality, a loss of life within the kin, and baby abuse, bringing to mild the non-public tensions of intersections among the person and the community.

Supplemented by way of a chronology of black literary milestones in addition to a playwrights' canon, Acting Up and Getting Down places the highlight on artistic achievements that experience for too lengthy been excluded from Texas letters. The ensuing anthology not just offers new perception right into a local event but in addition completes the yankee tale as informed onstage.

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