Myth, Magic, and Farce: Four Multicultural Plays


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Editor: Sandra M. Mayo
Contributor: Edited and with an Introduction by Sandra M. Mayo
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Paperback ISBN-13: 9781574411874
Paperback ISBN-10: 157441187X
Physical Description: 5 1/2 x 8 1/2. 128 pp. 5 photos.
Publication Date: February 2005
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Sterling Houston is an innovative African American writer whose plays are known for biting social commentary combined with eye-popping theatricality. Despite many successful productions, his work has never before been widely available in print. The four plays in this collection represent Houston's full range of themes and styles. High Yello Rose deflates the Alamo myth by casting the heroes' parts entirely with women. Isis in Nubia is a love story that sets the Isis/Osiris myth in West Africa. Black Lily and White Lily is a realistic domestic drama exploring racial tensions. Miranda Rites returns to Houston's broadly farcical style, enacting Martha Mitchell's last days in a hospital, where she hallucinates about Marilyn Monroe and Dorothy Dandridge, and is escorted to the underworld by Carmen Miranda.

"It is up to the artists to be the healers, the visionaries, to retell our stories so that they resurrect us. This is what Sterling does when he collects the lives fallen and forgotten between the cracks. What a marvelous gift Sterling has given to American culture by remembering, and not remembering as some do with retribution, but with wisdom, humor, generosity, and heart. For his labor and research, for his lifework and lovework, I am not only deeply grateful, but inspired."—Sandra Cisneros, author of The House on Mango Street and Caramelo

"The reading public, as well as the theatre community and academic theatre programs, need many more plays of the sort Houston writes, to teach their students, to consider producing, and to join a cultural conversation about politics, history, race, class, and nation."—Jill Dolan, Z. T. Scott Family Chair in Drama, University of Texas

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Born in San Antonio, STERLING HOUSTON spent thirty years in the theatre as actor, composer, and playwright. He was artistic director and writer-in-residence for Jump-Start Performance Co. in San Antonio, where he premiered twenty plays.

SANDRA M. MAYO is currently Director of Multicultural and Gender Studies and Associate Professor of Theatre at Texas State University in San Marcos.

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