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Black Playwrights: 50th Anniversary Special Event

Directed by Awotunde Judyie Al-Bilali, Gilbert McCauley and Dr. Priscilla Maria Page, Curated by Dr. Priscilla Maria Page  
October 27 & 28 at 7:30 p.m. 
In the Curtain Theater 
$15 general admission, $5 students and seniors 

The UMASS Department of Theater marks its 50th anniversary with an evening celebrating Black theater-makers whose bold work has appeared on our stages. We will honor Black creativity with staged readings and a conversation on Black creativity, past, present, and future. Over three deozen plays by Black playwrights have been producted at UMass Theater since its creation; we are proud to present selections from the following featured works:

New Black Math by Suzan-Lori Parks

Pork Chop Wars by Laurie Carlos

sash & trim by Djola Branner

spell #7 by Ntozake Shange

Infants of the Spring by Ifa Bayeza

My People from Love, Langston by Langston Hughes

Joe Turner’s Come and Gone by August Wilson

To Be Young, Gifted, and Black by Lorraine Hansberry

Blues for Mr. Charlie by James Baldwin

Ohio State Murders by Adrienne Kennedy

Baltimore by Kirsten Greenidge

A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

Unfinished Women…by Aishah Rahman

Hell in High Water by Marcus Gardley

Lydia on the Top Floor by Terry Jenoure

Crossing John at the Crossroads by Gilbert McCauley

Content advisory: use of racial slurs and descriptions of racial violence.

Read our program, which includes credits as well as information about the event.

Tickets for all events EXCEPT Flamingo Murmuration and Fringe Fest '23 are sold through the Fine Arts Center Box Office (call 1-800-999-UMAS or visit the website). 
Season and group discounts available through the Fine Arts Center Box Office.

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