Blues for an Alabama Sky

ISBN-10: 0822216345

ISBN-13: 9780822216346

Edition: 1999

Authors: Pearl Cleage
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Description: 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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Book details

List price: $9.00
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/1/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 81
Size: 8.25" wide x 5.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.198
Language: English

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