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Langston Hughes

LANGSTON HUGHES  (1902 - 1967)

Nationality:    African American
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Literary Agent:    Harold Ober Associates  

a leader of the Harlem Renaissance, Langston Hughes produced more than sixty books of poetry, fiction and essays, as well as Broadway Plays

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        Angelo Herndon Jones         Barrier, The         Black Nativity         Blood Wedding         Cavalcade Of the Negro theatre         Drums Of Haiti         Gentleman-Jim-Crow         Gospel Glory, The         Jerico-Jim-Crow         Just Around the Corner         Langston In Harlem         Limitations Of Life         Little Ham         Mother And Child         Mulatto         Outshines the Sun         Prodigal Son, The         Shakespeare In Harlem         Simple Takes A Wife         Simply Heavenly         Soul Gone Home         Soul Yesterday And Today         Street Scene         Tambourines To Glory         Trouble With the Angels         When the Jack Hollers



Angelo Herndon Jones

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1st Produced:
Gilpin Players, Karamu Theatre, Cleveland, Ohio    May 1936

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Barrier, The

Synopsis:
a musical version of Hughes' Mulatto

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Music by Jan Meverowitz; lyrics And book by Langston Hughes

1st Produced:
Broadhurst Theatre, New York    02 Nov 1950

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Black Nativity

Black Nativity
a colloquial retelling of the birth of Christ, rooted in the traditional music of the black church

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Music by Jobe Huntley; book by Langston Hughes

1st Produced:
-    1951

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Dramatic Publishing Company   978-0871291929

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Genre:
Gospel Song Play Musical

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Blood Wedding

Blood Wedding
Pre-eminent African-American poet Langston Hughes infused his version of Blood Wedding - the story of an unwilling bride who elopes with her lover on her wedding night - with the rhythmic intensity and linguistic beauty only a fellow poet could achieve.

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Original Playwright - Federico Garcia Lorca

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Theatre Communications Group, USA,    978-1559360807

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adaptation

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Male:  8            Female:  11            Other:  -

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Cavalcade Of the Negro theatre

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the Negro in the theatre from the Octoroon, by Dion Boucicault, to 1940s Chicago jazz and gospel singing

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written by Bontemps, Arna, And Langston Hughes

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Written for the Negro exposition, Chicago, Ill    Summer 1940

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Historical Pageant 21 scenes

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Drums Of Haiti

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Gentleman-Jim-Crow

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the American experience of racism as seen through the eyes of six people

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Gospel Glory, The

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Genre:
Passion Play

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Jerico-Jim-Crow

Jerico-Jim-Crow
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Music And lyrics by various writers; book by William Hairston; Langston Hughes

1st Produced:
Sanctuary Theatre, New York    05 Jan 1964

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Original cast recording: Folkways (FL-9671) 1964

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Just Around the Corner

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written with B Drew And Abby Mann

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-    1951

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Genre:
Musical

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Langston In Harlem

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Langston in Harlem is a new musical about one of America's most honored poets, Langston Hughes. Set in the African American cultural capital of Harlem from the Harlem Renaissance through the Civil Rights movement, Langston in Harlem tells the story of Langston Hughes's journey into manhood and his emergence as one of the most beloved and forward thinking artists of our time. This musical is filled with jazz, gospel, rhythm and blues, swing, dance, and spoken word that sings, jumps, stomps and shouts. Langston Hughes's glorious words and poetry of love, loss, joy and the blues and the people of Harlem who inspired him, come to life.
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Lyrics by langston Hughrs; Adapted by Langston Hughes, Walter Marks And Kent Gash

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Genre:
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Male:  5            Female:  7            Other:  -

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Limitations Of Life

Limitations Of Life
Parody of the film "Imitation Of Life"

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Contained in: "Black theater USA: Forty-five Plays By Black Americans 1847 - 1974 published by Free Press 1974   978-0684823065

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Little Ham

Little Ham
The Downtown Mob want to take over the Uptown Mob's numbers game. Hamlet Hitchcock Jones - Little Ham - steps in to help the Uptown Mob

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Contained in: "Black theater USA: Forty-five Plays By Black Americans 1847 - 1974 published by Free Press 1974   978-0684823065

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Mother And Child

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Contained in: "Black Drama anthology" published by Columbia University Press   -

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Mulatto

Mulatto
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Contained in: "Five Plays by Langston Hughes" published by Indiana University Press 1963   978-0253201218

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Outshines the Sun

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Prodigal Son, The

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1st Produced:
-    1965

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in Players Magazine, Vol 43 No 2, 1968   -

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Genre:
One act

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Male:  10            Female:  5            Other:  extras

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Shakespeare In Harlem

Synopsis:
Various inhabitants of Harlem. a student worries about communicating with his white tutor, an abandoned man convinces himself that he is happier alone. a madame recalls her misfortunes

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written with Langston Hughes

1st Produced:
Lucille Lortel Theatre, New York    1959

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Genre:
Verse play

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Male:  6            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Simple Takes A Wife

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the original Dramatic version of the novel

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Genre:
Negro Folk Comedy

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Simply Heavenly

Simply Heavenly
the time is the early fifties, the place Harlem and the plot, that of a factory worker who has found a girl he can love after a previous unhappy marriage but is suspected of infidelity with the local fancy woman

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music by David Martin

1st Produced:
Playhouse Theatre, New York    20 Aug 1957

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in Five Plays by Langston Hughes, Indiana University Press, Bloomington, 1968   -

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Original cast recording: Columbia (OL-5240) 1957

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Genre:
Black Musical Musical

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Male:  6            Female:  5            Other:  -

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Soul Gone Home

Soul Gone Home
a middle-aged woman mourns the death of her teenage son, who is laid out on a slab nearby awaiting the undertaker. "Oh my boy, speak to me!" she wails, and then she's surprised (not to say somewhat miffed) when he actually does. especially because what's he got to say is all about what a lousy mother she was. Beverley makes it clear to us that the boy's not exactly lying, but she summons up all manner of righteousness to defend herself: "Sure, I could of let you die, but I didn't," she sniffles virtuously. "Naw, I kept you with me--off and on."

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Published, 1937
Contained in: "around the World In 21 Plays" published by Applause   978-1557832634

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Fantasy, 15 min One act

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Soul Yesterday And Today

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written with Bob Teague

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-    1969

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Street Scene

Street Scene
the tenants at a Manhattan tenement block. anna who is having an affair with the milkman Sankey. Her daughter Rose who is being pursued by her slimy boss. the Buchanans who are expecting a baby at any moment. the Hildebrand family about to be evicted for non payment of rent

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Musical By Kurt Weill, Lyrics Langston Hughes, Book elmer Rice

1st Produced:
adelphi Theater, New York    09 Jan 1947

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Original cast recording: CBS (MK-44668) 1949

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Genre:
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Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  large cast

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Tambourines To Glory

Tambourines To Glory
Tambourines to Glory is a spirited, tragic-comedy that follows the lives of Laura Reed and essie Bell Johnson, who decide to start their own gospel church on a street corner in Harlem. Laura dreams of becoming rich and famous while essie genuinely desires to serve the Lord and her community. When the Devil (not a symbol or metaphor, but Beelzebub himself!) enters the picture, the conflict intensifies between the two women, their community and their faith. as these powerful forces collide and the conflict between the characters spiral out of control, Laura and essie fight to find their way back from the ravages of Hell

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Music by Jobe Huntley; book by Langston Hughes

1st Produced:
-    1963

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Contained in: "Five Plays by Langston Hughes" published by Indiana University Press 1963   978-0253201218

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Genre:
Musical

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Male:  1            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Trouble With the Angels

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When the Jack Hollers

Synopsis:
Black and white sharecroppers in Mississippi delta both suffer from a merciless landowner until aunt Billie's voodoo, an amazing mule, and a fish fry unite the races against the exploiter.

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written by Bontemps, Arna, And Langston Hughes

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Genre:
3 act Folk Comedy

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Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  8 BM, 7 BF, 5 WM

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