Full Length Play
Time Period - 1960s, 1950s, 1940s / WWII, 1930s
Settings Of Play - 1930-1965.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Cutting Approved for Competition, UIL Approved, Competition or audition material
College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
A long-running success of the 1968/69 Off-Broadway season. Fast paced, powerful, touching and hilarious, this kaleidoscope of constantly shifting scenes, mood and images recreates the world of a great American woman and artist, Lorraine Hansberry. Uniquely and boldly, the play dramatically weaves through her life experiences and the times that shaped her. The actors slip ingeniously into and out of a variety of challenging roles spanning her life and experiences to the ultimate confrontation when cancer strikes her. Includes brilliantly high lighted scenes from her plays as well as letters, diaries, poems and personal reminiscences. A major statement of the American Black experience.
"An extraordinary achievement!...A whirl of probing, celebrating, hoping, laughing, despairing and moving on...so brilliantly and tenderly alive." - The New York Times
"A milestone." - Time
To Be Young, Gifted and Black was first presented on January 2, 1969 at the Cherry Lane Theatre in New York City. Directed by Gene Frankel.