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Harlem Renaissance with a Boston/Gospel Flavor

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The Harlem Renaissance Revisited is a play about Negro artisans during the Renaissance Period. It is during this time period that many Negro, because of Jim Crow laws, sought countries in Europe where racism would not interfere with their artistic developments.

At the same time, there were other leading Negro artists that remained in the United States, with many of them working and residing in Harlem, the Black metropolis of New York City.

A strong patron of Negro Art, and very successful businesswoman, was Madame CJ Walker. She did not believe that Langston Hughes or any other Negro artist should leave the country where their forefathers were slaves, and she helped in an enormous way to build.

Madame Walker decides to have a party at "Evelyn's Delight," a hang place in Harlem for Langston Hughes, who has returned to New York after some success in Europe as a writer. She wants to use this party of welcome to say, "Stay home." She has invited many other artist friends of Langston's to attend the party.

POST-SHOW WRITEUP #2, June 2005

Ruby as the Bag Lady
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"You think you know your history? I know MYYYY history!"

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A young Bojangles shows us his stuff

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2007 cast

"Lift ev'ry voice&sing, til Earth&Heaven ring..."
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"...Let out rejoicing rise high as the list'ning skies, let it resound till victory is won!"