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Small Theater Groups Present Serious Drama

Black Playwrights Produce Their Work

Perhaps the best-known black playwright of the Harlem Renaissance was Willis Richardson, who wrote forty-two plays during his long career. A graduate of Washington, D.C.'s prestigious Howard University, Richardson was encouraged by Du Bois to submit his work to the Ethiopian Art Players in Chicago. In the spring of 1923 the company brought three plays to Harlem, one of which was Richardson's critically acclaimed drama The Chip Woman's Fortune. (The others were William Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors and Oscar Wilde's Salome.) The Chip Woman's Fortune is a one-act play about a black man named Silas who has just lost his job. Faced with the prospect of losing his beloved record player because he cannot continue to make his loan payments, Silas plots to murder Aunt Nancy, an old woman who pays for her room...

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