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Explorations in Sights and Sounds
Black women writers, primarily novelists, have taken center stage for the last two decades, but black women playwrights have not been given similar coverage. The explanation, in part, is that plays are often only published after successful productions, and the plays by the majority of black women have only been produced in local, small theaters. Consequently, their works have not been given serious critical attention. Margaret Wilkerson's 9 Plays by Black Women showcases plays by established and well celebrated black female playwrights, like Alice Childress, Lorraine Hansberry, Ntozake Shange, and Beah Richards as well as less well-known playwrights whose works deserve to be produced more widely such as P. J. Gibson, Kathleen Collins, Aishah Rahman and Alexis De Veaux.
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