Black Dionysus: Greek Tragedy and African American Theatre

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McFarland, 22 mar 2010 - 272
Many playwrights, authors, poets and historians have used images, metaphors and references to and from Greek tragedy, myth and epic to describe the African experience in the New World. The complex relationship between ancient Greek tragedy and modern African American theatre is primarily rooted in America, where the connection between ancient Greece and ancient Africa is explored and debated the most. The different ways in which Greek tragedy has been used by playwrights, directors and others to represent and define African American history and identity are explored in this work. Two models are offered for an Afro-Greek connection: Black Orpheus, in which the Greek connection is metaphorical, expressing the African in terms of the European; and Black Athena, in which ancient Greek culture is "reclaimed" as part of an Afrocentric tradition. African American adaptations of Greek tragedy on the continuum of these two models are then discussed, and plays by Peter Sellars, Adrienne Kennedy, Lee Breuer, Rita Dove, Jim Magnuson, Ernest Ferlita, Steve Carter, Silas Jones, Rhodessa Jones and Derek Walcott are analyzed. The concepts of colorblind and nontraditional casting and how such practices can shape the reception and meaning of Greek tragedy in modern American productions are also covered.
 

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Greek Tragedy and the African Diaspora
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Black Athena Meets Black Orpheus Three Models of the AfroGreek Connection
13
AfroAmericancentric Classicism and African American Theatre
46
Ancient Plays in a New World Multicultural Currents
62
Black Medea
132
MediterraneanCaribbean or Odysseus Looks for Home
205
Black Dionysus or AthenianAfrican American Theatre
231
Notes
235
Works Cited
247
Index
259
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Kevin J. Wetmore, Jr., is a professional actor and director whose previous books have covered topics ranging from Star Wars to Renaissance faires. He is a professor and chair of the theater department at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California.

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