Small collection of programs and advertising flyers from regional African-American theater productions in Illinois. Perhaps, William Warfield.
Small collection of programs and advertising flyers from regional African-American theater productions in Illinois
Small collection of programs and advertising flyers from regional African-American theater productions in Illinois

Small collection of programs and advertising flyers from regional African-American theater productions in Illinois

Champaign-Urbanna and Chicago, Illinois: 1970s-1980s. Unbound. There are six programs and flyers of varying sizes. All in nice shape, one with pencil notes. "Porgy and Bess." Starring legendary bass-baritone William Warfield and Bernice Fraction. Presented at the Festival Theatre by the University of Illinois School of Music and Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Champaign-Urbanna: 21-25 July 1976. 6-panel fold-out program. This was likely one of Warfield’s last stage performances as Porgy (the role that made him famous in the 1950s at the New York City Opera) as he was no longer able to hit the climactic high note in Ole Man River.

"How to Beat Old Age." By Alice C. Browning. Presented by the International Black Writers’s Conference. Directed, produced and promoted by Glorisa Johnson at the McCormick Inn, Chicago: 20-21 August 1976. 16-page amateurish playbill with list of “Friends of Off-Loop Plays” including Pearl Baily and a schedule for an “IBWC Benefit Dinner.”

"A Black Woman Speaks." Starring Beah Richards (most famous for her portrayal of Sidney Portier’s mother in Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner) in a production based on her book of poetry. Three leaves including a flyer, program, and calendar of Black History Month events. Pencil notes on calendar detail the coordination for her day-long visit to the University of Illinois on 2 February 1978 where she met with students, held a press conference, and performed. At the time of the performance William Warfield was a Professor of Music at the university and likely coordinated her visit.

"In the House of the Blues: A Musical Review." Produced by Val Ward, directed by Buddy Butler, and written by David Charles. Performed at the Kuumba Theatre by the Kuumba Repertory Company, Chicago: [1985]. The review “was devoted to female blues singer who got their start in ‘tent’ shows—also referred to as ‘medicine’ shows—[where] artists would compete to attract the audience’s attention [while] influencing one another.” (See Lacava’s 'The Theatricality of the Blues' in "Black Music Review Journal," Spring, 1992.)

"The Trials of Brother Jero." By Wole Soyinka. Directed by Leslie Rainey. Performed by the Northside Players at the Parkside College Theatre, Champaign-Urbanna: 5-14 September 1986. Program with three inserts.

"Po’." Directed by Chuck Smith with choreography by Wilbert Bradley. Book and lyrics by Dr. Philip Brown, Rufus “Maestro Bones” Hill, and Keithen Carter. A benefit for the National Alliance Against Racist Political Oppression by the Chicago Theatre Company at the Parkway Theatre: 22 September [198?].

Apparently scarce. As of 2019, none of these programs or flyers are listed at OCLC, the Rare Book Hub, or for sale in the trade. Very good. Item #009270

Apparently scarce. As of 2019, none of these programs or flyers are listed at OCLC, the Rare Book Hub, or for sale in the trade.

Price: $200.00

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