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George Houston Bass

GEORGE HOUSTON BASS  (1938 - 1990)

Nationality:    African American
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George Houston Bass, a professor of Theater Arts and African-American studies at Brown University and the literary executor and trustee of the Langston Hughes estate, died on Tuesday at Miriam Hospital in Providence, R.I. He was 52 years old and lived in Cranston, R.I. He died after a heart attack, his wife, Ramona, said. Mr. Bass produced, directed and wrote plays. Some were produced in the New York area, others were staged by the Rites and Reason Theater at Brown. He founded the Theater in 1970 and said his purpose was ''the development of a dramatic theory rooted in the cultural strategies, folk sensibilities and traditions of Afro-American people.'' From 1959 to 1964, Mr. Bass was the secretary and literary assistANT to the poet and writer Langston Hughes. After Mr. Hughes's death in 1967, Mr. Bass became the Hughes estate's literary executor. He founded the Langston Hughes Society in 1981 and a year later the Langston Hughes Review. In addition to receiving a Fulbright Fellowship and awards from the Rockefeller, Whitney and Ford Foundations, Mr. Bass was cited by Brown's class of 1986 as one of five great teachers at the university. In 1967, the Yale School of Drama's directing program staged George Bass Day, with a festival of his one-act plays. He also received the Harlem Cultural Council Award in 1969 and had been a National Endowment for the Arts panelist and a vice president of the Rhode Island Council on the Arts. - http://www.nytimes.com/1990/09/21/obituaries/george-houston-bass-Theater-professor-52.html

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        African Vibrations         Babu's Juju         Black Blues         Black Masque         Booby Prize, The         Brer Rabbit Whole         De Day Of No Mo         Dreamdust         Function At the Junction         Funhouse, The         Games         How Lonf Suite         Knee-High Man         Malacoff Blue         Mama Etta's Chitlin Circuit         Oh Lord, This World         Once I Heard Buddy Bolden Play         One Into Another         Providence Garden Blues, The         Third Party, The         Trio For the Living, A



African Vibrations

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Babu's Juju

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Black Blues

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Black Masque

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Booby Prize, The

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Brer Rabbit Whole

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De Day Of No Mo

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Dreamdust

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Function At the Junction

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Funhouse, The

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Long Wharf Summer Theatre, New Haven    Sep 1968

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Games

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How Lonf Suite

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Knee-High Man

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Malacoff Blue

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Mama Etta's Chitlin Circuit

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Oh Lord, This World

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Once I Heard Buddy Bolden Play

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One Into Another

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Providence Garden Blues, The

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Third Party, The

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Trio For the Living, A

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