the influence of theatre on the Harlem Renaissance

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Playwrights

There were many play writers during the Harlem Renaissance.  Some of the writers are Joseph Seamon Cotter, Jr. who is the author of the play, On the Fields of France, Angelina Weld Grimke author of the drama, Rachel, Zora Neale Hurston, author of the play Color Struck, 

Georgia Douglas Johnson, author of the play, Plumes, A Tragedy, John Matheus, author of the play, ‘Cruiter, Richard Bruce Nugent, author of the play, Sahdji, an African Ballet, and Eulalie Spence, author of the play, Undertow. George and Ira Gershwin were American composers and pianists.  They wrote more than a dozen Broadway shows.  They composed music for both Broadway and the classical concert hall.  Langston Hughes wrote  Mule Bone with Zora Neale Hurston. 

 He also wrote Mulatto, Troubled Island with William Grant Still, Little Ham, and Emperor of Haiti.  Angelina Weld Grimke was an African-American journalist, teacher, playwright and poet.  She wrote essays, short stories and poems which were published in The Crisis, Opportunity, The New Negro, Caroling Dusk, and Negro Poets and Their Poems.  Some of her more famous poems include, “The Eyes of My Regret”, “At April”, and “Trees.”  She wrote a play called Rachel which was one of the first plays to protest lynching and racial violence.  Zora Neale Hurston is best known for her 1937 novel Their Eyes Were Watching God.  She also wrote the play, Color Struck.  It was originally published in 1925 in Opportunity Magazine.  Color Struck won second prize for best play.  Eulalie Spence is a black, female writer, teacher, actress and playwright from the British West Indies.  Joseph Seaman Cotter is a playwright, poet, author, and educator.  He is one of the earliest African American playwrights to be published.  He wrote six volumes of poetry and folk ballads.  Richard Bruce Nugent is also known as Richard Bruce or Bruce Nugent.  He was a gay American writer and painter in the Harlem Renaissance.

Discussion Questions (please answer below):

1) Other than Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston, who are some of the other play writers from the Harlem Renaissance    and what plays did they write?


2) Which play writer do you find the most interesting and why?

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