Best Black Plays
The Theodore Ward Prize for African American PlaywritingBook - 2007
From the Publisher: Over its twenty-year history, the Theodore Ward Prize for African American Playwriting has offered a rich reflection of the accomplishments of black playwrights and their importance in shaping contemporary theater. This volume showcases three recent winners of the Theodore Ward Prize: Leslie Lee's Sundown Names and Night-Gone Things tells of the sordid shenanigans of a Depression-era burial society; Mark Clayton Southers's Ma Noah recounts a mother's heartbreaking battle to save her children's souls; and Kim Euell's The Diva Daughters DuPree shares the poignant and achingly funny reunion of three sisters after their parents' deaths. Selected for this volume by the contest facilitator, Chuck Smith, these compelling plays, in their distinctive quality and dynamic subject matter, answer an important demand for African American dramatic work today.