By Kevin J., Jr. Wetmore

Many playwrights, authors, poets and historians have used pictures, metaphors and references to and from Greek tragedy, fable and epic to explain the African adventure within the New international. The advanced courting among historical Greek tragedy and sleek African American theatre is essentially rooted in the US, the place the relationship among historic Greece and historical Africa is explored and debated the most.
the several ways that Greek tragedy has been utilized by playwrights, administrators and others to symbolize and outline African American background and identification are explored during this paintings. versions are provided for an Afro-Greek connection: Black Orpheus, during which the Greek connection is metaphorical, expressing the African by way of the ecu; and Black Athena, during which historical Greek tradition is “reclaimed” as a part of an Afrocentric tradition.
African American variations of Greek tragedy at the continuum of those types are then mentioned, and performs via Peter Sellars, Adrienne Kennedy, Lee Breuer, Rita Dove, Jim Magnuson, Ernest Ferlita, Steve Carter, Silas Jones, Rhodessa Jones and Derek Walcott are analyzed. The options of colorblind and nontraditional casting and the way such practices can form the reception and which means of Greek tragedy in smooth American productions also are covered.

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