Playbill for “Mulatto” by Langston Hughes, 1935

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VCU Libraries offers access to the Black Drama play collection from Alexander Street Press which contains the full text of thousands of plays written from the mid-1800s to the present. It includes published and previously unpublished works from North America, Africa, the Caribbean and other African diaspora countries.

It features hard-to-find plays by celebrated writers such as Langston Hughes, Ed Bullins, Willis Richardson, Amiri Baraka, Randolph Edmonds, Zora Neale Hurston and many others.

Browse plays by title, playwright, genre or subject or search within texts by keyword. The collection also includes scans of playbills that are valuable primary source references for illustration, photography, advertising, directors, casting and production crews.

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By Carla-Mae Crookendale, arts research librarian

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Categories Arts, Performing arts, Theater

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