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Blues for an Alabama Sky

Blues for an Alabama Sky - 99 edition

ISBN13: 978-0822216346

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ISBN13: 978-0822216346
ISBN10: 0822216345
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Edition/Copyright: 99
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service
Published: 1999
International: No

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Blues for an Alabama Sky - 99 edition

ISBN13: 978-0822216346

Pearl Cleage

ISBN13: 978-0822216346
ISBN10: 0822216345
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 99
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service

Published: 1999
International: No
Summary

THE STORY: It is the summer of 1930 in Harlem, New York. The creative euphoria of the Harlem Renaissance has given way to the harsher realities of the Great Depression. Young Reverend Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., is feeding the hungry and preaching an activist gospel at Abyssinian Baptist Church. Black Nationalist visionary, Marcus Garvey, has been discredited and deported. Birth control pioneer, Margaret Sanger, is opening a new family planning clinic on 126th Street, and the doctors at Harlem Hospital are scrambling to care for a population whose most deadly disease is poverty. The play brings together a rich cast of characters who reflect the conflicting currents of the time through their overlapping personalities and politics. Set in the Harlem apartment of Guy, a popular costume designer, and his friend, Angel, a recently fired Cotton Club back-up singer, the cast also includes Sam, a hard-working, jazz-loving doctor at Harlem Hospital; Delia, an equally dedicated member of the staff at the Sanger clinic; and Leland, a recent transplant from Tuskegee, who sees in Angel a memory of lost love and a reminder of those "Alabama skies where the stars are so thick it's bright as day." Invoking the image of African American expatriate extraordinaire, Josephine Baker, as both muse and myth, Cleage's characters struggle, as Guy says, "to look beyond 125th Street" for the fulfillment of their dreams.

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