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Anna Deavere Smith

Overview page. Subjects: Theatre — United States History.

(b. 1950), actress and playwright.

The African‐American performer was born in Baltimore and educated at Beaver College and American Conservatory Theatre, where she became a member...

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Bob Cole

Overview page. Subjects: United States History — Theatre.

(1869–1911), composer and actor.

Little is known about the earliest history of this African‐American artist, one of the first to make his mark in the theatre. Working first with...

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Cantinflas

Overview page. Subjects: Theatre — United States History.

(1911–93)

Mexican comedian and actor. Born Mario Moreno Reyes, he was once described by Charles Chaplin as the greatest comedian alive. As a youth he became an aficionado of...

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J. Rosamond Johnson

Overview page. Subjects: Theatre — United States History.

(1873–1954), and James Weldon JOHNSON (1871–1938), songwriting team.

The brothers, born in Jacksonville, Florida, and educated at Atlanta University and Columbia, were pioneers...

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Luis Rafael Sánchez

Overview page. Subjects: United States History — Theatre.

(1936– )

Puerto Rico's most renowned contemporary writer. The Farce of Commercial Love and 13 Sol, Interior (1961) were well received, but The Passion According to Antigone Pérez...

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Luis Valdez

Overview page. Subjects: United States History — Theatre.

(1940– )

American playwright, director, actor, and filmmaker. Born in California to Mexican farmworker parents, Valdez wrote his first play, The Shrunken Head of Pancho Villa, in...

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Morgan Freeman

Overview page. Subjects: Theatre — United States History.

(b. 1937), actor.

The commanding yet gentle African‐American leading man has given some distinguished stage performances in Manhattan before and after he found fame in the movies....

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Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre

Overview page. Subjects: United States History — Theatre.

(New York).

Miriam Colón, an actress from the Actors Studio, founded this company in 1966 in order to present bilingual productions in parks, jails, street corners, and storefronts...

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René Marqués

Overview page. Subjects: Theatre — United States History.

(1919–79)

Puerto Rico's most important twentieth-century dramatist. Marqués conquered the national stage in 1953 with La carreta (The Oxcart). Performed in Spanish in New York the...

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Ruby Dee

Overview page. Subjects: Theatre — United States History.

(1924– )

*African-American actress and playwright, who first appeared on Broadway in 1943 and in the 1946–7 season starred in Anna Lucasta, which she toured with her husband Ossie...

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Standing Bear, Luther

Richard C. Goode.

in American National Biography Online

January 1999; p ublished online February 2000 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Native American History; World History; Theatre. 1261 words.

Standing Bear, Luther ( December 1868–19 February 1939), Oglala Sioux chief, author, and actor, was born on the Sioux Pine reservation in South Dakota, the son of Standing Bear, a Sioux...

Suzan-Lori Parks

Overview page. Subjects: Theatre — United States History.

(1963– )

*African-American playwright who first attracted notice in 1990 with Imperceptible Mutabilities in the Third Kingdom. Fascinated by the play of history in the contemporary...

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