Monday, April 6, 2009

Theater in the 1950s & 60s, and today (per 6)

Broadway in the 1950s & 60s (site 1)
This website talks about what was going on in the 1900s and how these events influenced play writers. In the 1950’s there was the Red Scare and a lot going on with gang members on the streets of Harlem, New York and Los Angeles which inspired West Side Story. There was also the era of rock ‘n’ roll where Elvis had influenced a playwright. John F. Kennedy was assassinated in the 60’s which was an important even that inspired Camelot. This website also talks about how the civil rights movement began.

Broadway in the 1950s & 60s (site 2)
This website talks about actors and directors that were nominated for Oscars. Many of the people mentioned on this site did not win the Oscars but are remembered for their work in Broadway.


Black & female playwrites, directors, and producers in the 1950s & 60s (site 1)
What I found on this website was that it was based on a woman by the name of Vinnette Carroll, who was the first black woman to direct a production on Broadway. She had won numerous awards for her work, and was also part of local organizations. It basically talks about her life as a female yearning to be part of art somehow, and her challenges of being a black female.

Black & female playwrites, directors, and producers in the 1950s & 60s (site 2)
This link is talking about how black people during this time had to play unimportant parts in order to be part of a play. It also mentions that other common ways for black people to be featured in plays was by making them a victim of a ‘bullet in the gut’, basically getting killed later on. But it also mentions that not all black people were offended by this, some are pleased. Therefore it shows the different ways blacks take these approaches to them.

Black & female playwrites, directors, and producers in the 1950s & 60s (site 3)
In this blog there was a lot of irrelevant information but there was one piece that caught my attention. There was a poem from the 1960’s by Mary Evans who was a black poet. Her poem has a lot of meaning and showed how black women back in the day where and felt about everything. The poem said their feelings and their views that demonstrated a lot about them.
Black & female playwrites, directors, and producers in the 1950s & 60s (site 4)
It was Motown’s all female singing group that was a hit in-between the years 1964-1969. These girls had 12 -#1 hits that expressed R&B music, most writing and producing by Holland-Dozier-Holland. These ladies, at first, where The Primes but then later ended up signing with Motown, to which their name changed. These women set an imagine for black women all around by their talent and success. In this group there where three women under the names of Florence Ballard, Mary Wilson and Diana Ross. Betty McGlown was part of the group before they became the Supremes, that was when they where the Primes.


Sidney Poitier (site 1)
Poitier was a man born in Miami, Fl but grew up in Cat Island, Bahamas. Poitier grew up in poverty as the son of a dirt farmer. He had little formal education and at the age of 15 was sent to Miami to live with his brother. Because he was treated so poorly in Miami, he made it his goal to find opportunities for black people to succeed. At the age of 18 he left for New York and landed his first Broadway play. He played in many famous films such as a Raisin in the Sun, and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?

Sidney Poitier (site 2)
Poitier was born on February 20, 1927. He enrolled in theater school in New York in the 1970s. His films included Buck and the Preacher, Uptown Saturday Night, and the successful comedy, Stir Crazy with Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder. Poitier returned to acting in 1988 in the films Shoot to Kill and Little Nikita, followed by Sneakers (1992).


New York Drama Critics' Circle Award (site 1)
This is the main website for the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award. On this website there is a lot of information about the awards and the history of the events. There are six links on the main page that lead to other pages and each page has different information provided. The different information that can be received from these links are: the awards for this year, awards from the past, the history of the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award, the membership of people that take part in the event, the upcoming events and ways to contact the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award.

New York Drama Critics' Circle Award (site 2)
This next website is the main website for The Pulitzer Prizes. The prizes are for people that highly participate in the categories of journalism, letters, drama and music. On this website there are many links that lead to information about The Pulitzer Prizes and people that participate in the event. Some specific things that can be found on the websites through the links are information about current winners and finalists, past winners and finalists, how to enter, contact information and the different prizes that can be won.

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