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The Death of the Black Jesus

The Death of the Black Jesus

By David Barr.

Product Code: D68000

  • Full-length Play
  • Cast size: 5m., 3w. (w/ doubling.)

Rights and availability
This title can be licensed and sold throughout the World.

* Please note the royalty rate listed is the minimum royalty rate per performance. The actual royalty rate will be determined upon completion of a royalty application.

$8.95 /script

Min. Royalty Rate: $80/perf

In stock

Synopsis

"Utilizing video, pop culture, political nostalgia for '60s protest, modem rap's black rage and the current obsession with tabloid TV, playwright Barr sets his two-act play on, cleverly enough, the set of an audience participation TV show. The host of 'Downs Town' is Steven Schaffer Downs, a former network news anchor... Downs is this play's trump card... a malevolent, grinning, preening and utterly soulless TV personality. He's fascinating to watch as he sets an exploitative plan in action. Hoping to catapult himself back into the big time, Downs accidentally stumbles into great publicity and high ratings when he books three former members of a radical Panther-like '60s reactionary group known as the Black Jesus on his show and a fight ensues between the trio and a loud, chubby white nationalist... Barr's strengths as a playwright include his finely delineated characters and vivid, sometimes explosive dialogue. It's a sensational, thought-provoking piece of theatre. Don't miss it." (The Sun Newspapers)

Details

  • Status

    In stock

  • Type of Show Full-length Play
  • Product Code D68000
  • Cast Size 8
  • Min. Royalty Rate $80/perf
  • Cost $8.95
  • Approx. Run Time 90 min

Categories

  • ISBN(13) 9780871296320
* Please note the royalty rate listed is the minimum royalty rate per performance. The actual royalty rate will be determined upon completion of a royalty application.

Customer Reviews

"This is a powerful play that teaches students about the black radical movements of the '60s without pinpointing or presenting a group in a negative light. The ideas and issues discussed are all relevant today Ñ and educate not only the cast but also the audience."
Review by Daphnie Sicre, North Miami Beach High School, North Miami Beach, Fla.