There is a long history of solo performance in the Black performance canon, beginning with Bert Williams in the early twentieth century to the contemporary moment with artists like Anna Deavere Smith and Daniel Beaty. Many of these artists draw from a monologist tradition while others draw their source materials from ethnographic interviews. This chapter will account for the ways in which the Black solo performance tradition has changed over the past century, paying close attention to how historical context affected the form and content of the tradition. Artists covered include Bert Williams, George Walker, Moms Mabley, Daniel Beaty, Sarah Jones, and Whoopi Goldberg.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||The Routledge Companion to African American Theatre and Performance|
|Publisher||Taylor and Francis|
|Number of pages||6|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2018|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Arts and Humanities(all)