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Cort Theatre

(New York). One of Broadway's smaller and most engaging theatres, the Cort on West 48th Street was designed by Edward B. Corey to hold a thousand spectators comfortably in an ...

Wilson, August

Wilson, August (1945–2005)   Reference library

The Concise Oxford Companion to African American Literature

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... Ma Rainey's Black Bottom , which was accepted for workshop production at the O'Neill, and Wilson began the first of many collaborative efforts with Lloyd Richards , the director of the O'Neill and the dean of the Yale Drama School. When this play opened on Broadway at the Cort Theatre in 1984 , it brought Wilson critical acclaim and launched his theatrical career. Set in 1920s Chicago, the play looks at the economic exploitation of black musicians by white record companies and at the ways in which victims of racism are forced to direct their rage at each...