On Saturday, February 23, Made in Harlem: Black Theater will present Black Theatre: The Making of a Movement, a film that documents the birth of a new theatre out of the Civil Rights activism of the 1950s, 60s and 70s. It is a video encyclopedia of the leading figures, institutions and events of a movement that transformed the American stage. Amiri Baraka, Ossie Davis, James Earl Jones and Ntozake Shange describe their aspirations for a theatre serving the Black community. Excerpts from A Raisin in the Sun, Black Girl, Dutchman and For Colored Girls reveal how these actors and playwrights laid the basis for the Black theater of the present. There will be a Q&A with director Woody King following the screening.
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