The African American in Art: The Harlem Renaissance Revisited

Black Theatre Ensemble

Directed and Conceived by Kristin Watson (COL ‘12)
Produced by Amanda Phillips (COL ‘13)
Advised by Nadia Mahdi, Thesis Adviser

A performance installation from the book Lost Plays of the Harlem Renaissance 1920-1940 and other related works. Presented as an interactive collage, this 90-minute project will be comprised of “exhibits” featuring poetry, essays, artwork, interactive videos, and music, culminating in a 30-minute performance. As a thesis project, this BTE event will allow audiences to engage and grapple with questions concerning race and society and the portrayal of black artists in dramatic works during this culturally rich period. Original stage and installation adaptations of works by artists such as Langston Hughes, Jessie Fauset, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Claude McKay, Countee Cullen, J.A. Rogers, and George Schuyler.

Performed on
Thursday-Saturday, December 1-3, 2011 at 8 p.m.

Davis Performing Arts Center, Devine Studio Theatre

Photos by Hansky Santos