The Lynching of the African-American Male Through the Eyes of African-American Female Playwrights
Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts in Theatre: Directing
Ted N. Gregg
By comparing the works of five African-American female playwrights from the 20th century, I will highlight the similarities of the portrayal of the African-American male in each of these dramas. This comparison will explore the lynching of the Black male and how this theme is evident in all five of the works. This study will examine both literal and figurative lynching. The plays of interest are: Rachel by Angelina Weld Grimke, Blue-Eyed Black Boy by Georgia Douglas Johnson, A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry, Blood on the Seats by PJ. Gibson and In the Blood by Suzan-Lori Parks. This study culminates in a directorial exploration of scenes from the five plays. The compilation, entitled Scent of Magnolias, will serve to fulfill the directing requirement for the Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Directing.
Bentley, Kathryn A., "The Lynching of the African-American Male Through the Eyes of African-American Female Playwrights" (2006). Theses. 390.
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