Black Drama: 1850 to the Present

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Black Drama contains the full text of 1,200 plays written from the mid-1800s to the present by 201 playwrights from North America, English-speaking Africa, the Caribbean, and other African diaspora countries. Many of the works are rare, hard-to-find, or out of print. The collection includes more than four hundred previously unpublished plays by writers such as Amiri Baraka, Ed Bullins, Randolph Edmonds, Femi Euba, Zora Neale Hurston, and many others. Each play is extensively and deeply indexed, allowing both keyword and multi-field searching. The plays are accompanied by reference materials, significant ancillary information, a rich performance database, and images.


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Dates covered

Mid-nineteenth century to present.

Updating frequency

Database substantially complete.


Various published and unpublished sources (including author manuscripts).

Type of coverage

Full text of plays, plus value-added materials such as brief biographical notes, production information, playbills, stills, photographs, and other ephemera from a wide range of sources.

Print counterpart or
related resources

No exact counterpart. Drawn from various published and unpublished sources.

Producer/content provider

Alexander Street Press

Vendor/electronic presentation provider

Alexander Street Press

Supplementary Subject(s)