Black Repertory Company
Original Airdate: 3/20/1975
Afro-American theater - Boston - Massachusetts
Afro-Americans - Attitudes
Human services - Boston - Massachusetts
Public Affairs: Current Events
Boston Black Repertory Company
E.B.O.N.I. Productions - Boston - Massachusetts
Vista Program - Boston - Massachusetts
Program is divided into two halves: the first consisting of three segments related to African American theater in Boston, the second of newsmagazine-style segments. Harold Stuart, Director of the Boston Black Repertory Company and company actors Mattye "Mama" Long and Frederick Tyson discuss the differences between "theater" and "Black theater," how Black theater affects members of the community, how talented individuals find the time to act, problems financially supporting Black theater, and why there is so little Black theater in Boston. Following the discussion is an eleven minute excerpt from the Company's latest production, A Raisin in the Sun, and a short interview with two Emerson students who helped film the production (Stephen Farrier and Jacquie Gales, both members of the Emerson student group EBONI Productions). Additional program segments include "Access" (about the Sav-Mor government-funded security program), "Blast from the Past" (with an excerpt from a 1971 interview with vocalist Miriam Makeba on how her marriage to Stokely Carmichael affected her singing career and her opinion on Guinea's response to a recent invasion attempt by the Portuguese), "Information" (on minority recruitment for the Peace Corps' Vista program), the "Community Calendar," "Commentary" by Marita Rivero (who reads a reworked version of "The Three Billy Goats Gruff"), and three "Philosophy of Life" segments with musician Herbie Hancock.
National Center of Afro-American Artists (dancers)
Herbie Hancock (quickie)
Boston Art Ensemble (theme music)
Lloyd Cogell (still photography)
June Cross (community coordinator)
Stephen Farrier (community coordinator)
Vickie Jones (production assistant)
Dighton Spooner (researcher)
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