The Richard Wesley Play Anthology
The Richard Wesley
by Richard Wesley
The Richard Wesley Play Anthology (August 2015, Applause Books, $19.99) includes five full-length plays that collectively outline a cultural history of black America in the post-Civil Rights era, from the late 20th century through the first decades of the 21st.
Black Terror looks at the radical politics of the Black Power era; The Sirens, the destabilization of black familial and social life in the early 1970s; The Mighty Gents, the destructiveness of “black macho” in the late 1970s; The Talented Tenth, the midlife crisis and the end of idealism in the black middle class in the early 1980s; and Autumn, the new generational paradigm in black urban politics in the early 21st century.
Each of the plays included in The Richard Wesley Play Anthology was born out of the idea of the public thinker, and what Arthur Miller would refer to as the importance of an individual conscience – as well as the belief that each generation must give back, must inform and inspire the generation that follows. It also features an introduction by the playwright that addresses the emergence, growth and evolution of black consciousness and the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s and early 1970s, and serves as a chronicle of Wesley’s artistic evolution as a writer who was both a witness and a foot soldier during those turbulent times.
As Wesley writes in his introduction, “The Stage should be seen as a laboratory where the belief systems, the mores, the myths, the histories and strivings of a people may be presented in full dimension, so that audiences might judge for themselves what is right, what is wrong, what needs to be changed, and what needs to be left alone.
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Applause Theatre & Cinema Books, an imprint of Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Richard Wesley was born in Newark, N.J. he has been produced as a playwright, screenwriter, and writer for television. He is a past winner of an Audelco Award, a Drama Desk Award, an NAACP Image Award, and a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation. He is currently associate professor in the Department of Dramatic Writing, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. He lives in Montclair, N.J.