Full Length Play
Period, Experimental, Docudrama/Historic
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Unit Set/Multiple Settings
Intense Adult Themes, Strong Language
Adolescence, Black issues, Friendship, Politics
College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
RECOGNITION / AWARDS
Obie, From Broadway
* WINNER! 1975 Obie Award for Direction (Gilbert Moses) and Playwrighting (Ed Bullins)
* WINNER! 1975 Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best American Play (Ed Bullins)
The Taking of Miss Janie tells the story of a decade as the youth of this generation undergoes their individual experiences. Bullins's play presents a group of college students who struggle to find their place in society. While some of the characters face the problems of interpersonal relationships, others try to find a viable way to cause social and political change. Everyone begins the decade with hope, energy, and a sense of purpose; however, these qualities are quickly diffused as they each confront their personal responsibility for whatever change comes next.
"...a metaphor for race relations." - New York Times
"Mr. Bullins does not single out his...characters for blame...The failure of the ideals of the ’60s, it seems, is just about everybody’s fault." - New York Times
The Taking of Miss Janie premiered at the Public Theater in 1975 under the direction of Gilbert Moses.