Free Southern Theater : there is always a message

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Ellen Louise Tripp (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Robert Stephens

Abstract: The Free Southern Theater (FST) was one of the first Black people’s theatres of the 1960s. It was founded by John O'Neal and Gilbert Moses in Jackson, Mississippi, in 1963 but soon moved to New Orleans where it headquartered for the better part of two decades. Its avowed purpose was to carry theatre with a message to its audiences. First it was a Civil Rights message, then a Black Liberation message, and finally a Marxist-oriented political message. During its existence FST produced works from the standard repertory plus a number of original plays. The major purpose in this paper was an examination of these scripts to determine if they have continuing interest or if they were simply products of their time and place with no lasting artistic appeal.

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Language: English
Date: 1986
Black theater $x History and criticism

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