Ishmael Reed: The Plays

Ishmael Reed (Author)


Ishmael Reed's career as one of our great playwrights has long been eclipsed by his other work. Here published for the first time, Reed's plays follow the ancient tradition of using the theater as a forum in which the official versions of our history can be critiqued. Dealing with subjects that mainstream theatergoers might find disturbing-homelessness, the arbitrary entrapment of a black politician, the excesses of the radical feminist movement, the use of black conservatives to promote right-wing agendas, the exploitation of blacks and Africans as unsuspecting guinea pigs by the pharmaceutical industry, and the hypocrisy of the Christian church-Reed's plays are a pungent antidote to the watered-down world of contemporary pop culture, where, Reed argues, minority voices remain as marginalized and stigmatized as they were a hundred years ago.

Product Details

$16.95  $15.59
Dalkey Archive Press
Publish Date
September 02, 2009
5.5 X 7.98 X 1.16 inches | 1.07 pounds
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About the Author

Ishmael Reed is the author of over twenty-five books--including Mumbo Jumbo, The Last Days of Louisiana Red, Yellow Back Radio Broke-Down and Juice!. He is also a publisher, television producer, songwriter, radio and television commentator, lecturer, and has long been devoted to exploring an alternative black aesthetic: the trickster tradition, or "Neo-Hoodooism" as he calls it. Founder of the Before Columbus Foundation, he taught at the University of California, Berkeley for over thirty years, retiring in 2005. In 2003, he received the coveted Otto Award for political theater.


A great writer. (James Baldwin, author of Go Tell It on the Mountain)
A modern day Moliere. (Backstage)
A modern day Moliere.
A great writer.--James Baldwin, author of Go Tell It on the Mountain
Reed s gift is for the outrageous, for giving vivid expression to cultural controversies very much in the air . . . He is one of the most underrated writers in America.
A great writer. --James Baldwin, author of Go Tell It on the Mountain
A modern day Moli re.
Literature is lucky to have Ishmael Reed around. If only for the fun of it. --David Remnick