Honors 11: African American Theatre and August Wilson

Second hour finished the conversation from Wednesday, and first hour was able to delve briefly into Coates’ ideas concerning the social construction of race.

We then transitioned into taking notes on the history of African American theater (briefly ~10+ minutes), and we looked quickly at Langston Hughes’ poem “Notes on Commercial Theatre.” Here’s an optional reading concerning a post-racial anthology that was created, and the author of this piece takes issue with its avoidance of topics the Black Arts Movement was trying to depict in its 60’s self-realized poetry, music, performance arts, etc.

I then briefly talked about the author of our play, Fences. Here’s some basic information about him. We will look at this interview with him tomorrow or next week.

Check out this piece titled “Director’s Race Adds to Drama For an August Wilson Revival.”

HOMEWORK: Act I of Fences by August Wilson

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About Emily Mullins

English and Journalism teacher at Berkley High School in Berkley, MI.
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