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Colored People's Time - Full Length Play, Drama

Colored People's Time

Leslie Lee

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Full Length Play, Drama

6m, 3f

ISBN: 9780573618949

"Nothing less than a history of Black America from the eve of the Civil War to the Montgomery bus boycott a century later."

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Description

Full Length Play

Drama

Docudrama/Historic

120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - 1950s, 1940s / WWII, 1930s, 1920s, 1910s / WWI, 1900-1910, 19th Century

Settings Of Play - The play moves through a number of historical time periods, from Mississippi in 1859 to Montgomery, Alabama in 1956.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Cutting Approved for Competition, Scene work

Bare Stage/Simple Set

Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

Mild Adult Themes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

From Off-Broadway

Through a series of vignettes, Leslie Lee explores the history of Black Americans; from a group of slaves meeting in secret to discuss the Bible just before the Civil War, to a couple debating the Back-To-Africa movement during the Harlem Renaissance, to another couple resting their feet after marching in Montgomery.
"The hero is not a character, but the black spirit for survival - its guts, humor and tenaciousness. " - The New York Times
Colored People's Time was first presented at the Cherry Lane Theatre in New York City in 1982.  The play was presented by The Negro Ensemble Company, Inc.
Characters

CASTING

6m, 3f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Expandable casting, Multicultural casting, Room for Extras

CASTING NOTES

Actors play many roles throughout the play.  Casting can also be expanded to allow for more actors.

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

CATHERING/ADDIE/NADINE/IDA
ISAAC/BLIND JOHN/ABNER/BERT
AARON/RIGGINS/RICHARD 
ALBERTA/CORINA
HANNAH/MARCELLA/BELLE 
CLEMMIE/ALMA 
PROLOGUE/JESSE/BEWITT/BUD/NAT/EPILOGUE 
SAMPSON/C.J./GUS/CURTIS/WALTER 
RIVERBOAT CAPTAIN/ROGER/BERGER/KLAUS
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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Author
Leslie Lee

Leslie Lee

For the stage, Leslie Lee is the author of numerous plays that have been produced in New York City and regionally. His plays include: The War Party, Colored People’s Time, Blues in a Broken Tongue, The Rabbit’s Foot; Black Eagles, Hannah Davis; a new version of the musical Golden Boy, in collaboration with Charles Strouse and Lee Adams, Martin, also in collaboration with Charles Strouse; a ... view full profile

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