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J e Franklin

J E FRANKLIN  (1937 - )

Nationality:    African American
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Born in Houston, TX on august 10, 1937. B.A., University of Texas; Graduate hours, Union Theological Seminary, NY. author, Black Girl From Genesis to Revelations, Signet Books. Skills include those of artist-Therapist in intergenerational settings consisting of senior citizens and youths. Recipient: New York Drama Desk award, 1971; Media Women award, 1971; CaPS award, 1972; Institute for the Arts and Humanities Dramatic Arts award, Howard U., 1974; Better Boys Foundation Playwrighting award, 1978; National endowment on the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship, 1979; Rockefeller Grant, 1980

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Another Morning Rising         Black Girl         Christchild         Coming To The Mercy Seat         Creation, The         CrUSAde For Justice         Cut Out The Lights And Call The Law         Enemy, The         First Step To Freedom         Four Women         Fritz Was Here         Guess What's Coming To Dinner         Hand-Me-Downs, The         In-Crowd, The         Liars Die         Macpilate         Mau-Mau Room         Miss Honey's Young'Uns         Precious Memories         Prodigal Daughter, The         Prodigal Sister, The         Throw Thunder At This House         Two Flowers         Two Men'es Daughter         Where Dewdrops Of Mercy Shine Bright         Will The Real South Please Rise



Another Morning Rising

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Company of Us, Greenwood, SC    1976

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Black Girl

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Trapped in a life which can lead nowhere, Billie Jean has dropped out of school and secretly taken a job as a dancer in a local bar, her ultimate goal being to become a ballet dancer. But her ambitions bring her into conflict with her envious sisters, both of whom have been locked into dreary marriages too early, and her mother, who has given up on her own children and now lavishes her care and affection on her "foster daughters" -industrious girls to whom she has transferred her own frustrated hopes. Billie Jean must fight a multiplicity of prejudices - family, sex, colour, class and economic - to win an education and forge her own identity. But with her grandmother's strength and trust to embolden her, Billie Jean breaks free, establishing at last a tenuous but hopeful relationship with her mother and taking the first sure steps toward a life which will, at least, be of her own making.

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Won for the Author A Drama Desk Award, 1971-72, As most promising playwright. First prod. As A videotape production (presumably by NFT) on NeT, WGBHIBoston, 1969. Prod. Off-Off-Bway by NFT, At St. Augustine's Chapel, New York; transferred to Bway At the Theatre De Lys, June 16, 1971-June 16, 1972, playing for one year (247 perfs.); dir, by SHaUNeILLe PeRRY. With Kishasha, Arthur French, Lorraine Ryder, Gloria edwards, Loretta Greene, Louise Stubbs, MINNIe GeNTRY, Jimmy Hayeson, And SaUNDRa SHaRP. Prod. by the Bennett Coil. Little Theatre, Oct. 18-20, 1973, for 3 perfs. Made into A film prod. by Lee Savin, released by Cinema Releasing, 1972, And dir, by OSSIe DaVIS. With Leslie Uggams, Brock Peters, Claudia McNeil, Peggy Petitt, And RUBY Dee

1st Produced:
Black Arts / West    1971

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Dramatists Play Service, NY, 1973   -

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Genre:
Domestic Drama, 2 acts Play/Drama

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Male:  2            Female:  6            Other:  1b 1g

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Christchild

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Born with six fingers on his left hand, young Tom is rejected by his superstitious father. To win his father's praise and love, and to earn enough money for an operation on his hand, he wrestles a bear.

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Women Playwrights: The Best Plays of 1993, Smith and Kraus Books, 1994   -

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full length Play/Drama

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Male:  3            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Coming To The Mercy Seat

Synopsis:
a collection of Ten-Minute plays on the role of mercy in the art of reconciliation

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The First Decatet of Ten-Minute Plays SunRaSon Publications, 2004   -

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Creation, The

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1st Produced:
Herman Lehman Coil., New York    1975

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eureka Theatre Group

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CrUSAde For Justice

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On the Life of Ida-Welles Barnett, antilynch crUSAder, apparently written for the Boston Committee, 1975

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Film Treatment

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Cut Out The Lights And Call The Law

Synopsis:
a group of black students in a white college prepare to fight when attacked by whites.

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Prod. by NeC, 1970s. The Author states that two scenes were read At the literary events of FeSTaC in Lagos, Nigeria, 1977.

1st Produced:
NFT, NY (may not have been produced)    1972

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Genre:
Drama, 2 acts

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Enemy, The

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1st Produced:
Herman Lehman Coil., New York    1973

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eureka Theatre Group

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First Step To Freedom

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Was part of A Mississippi CORe-SNCC program designed to interest students in reading

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Sharon Waite Community Center, Harmony, MS    1964

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Thesis Play

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Four Women

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1st Produced:
Herman Lehman Coil., New York    1973

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eureka Theatre Group

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Fritz Was Here

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Guess What's Coming To Dinner

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Genre:
Mime Show

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Hand-Me-Downs, The

Synopsis:
a pre-adolescent girl and her Older brother resolve problems of sibling rivalry and the shame they feel towards their father's illiteracy and old age.

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presented At the LaMont-Zeno Theatre the same year

1st Produced:
Theatre for artcentric Living, New York    1978

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In-Crowd, The

Synopsis:
a gang of young kids decides to judge the cruelty of their parents toward them, but when they kill the parents in effigy, they realize that parents are family after all.

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Prod. As A rock musical for the young by New Federal Theatre, New York, 1977.

1st Produced:
Montreal expo, Canada    1967

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Mobilization for Youth (New York)

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Play for youngbloods One act

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Male:  8            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Liars Die

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Macpilate

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1st Produced:
Herman Lehman Coil., New York    1974

Organisations:
eureka Theatre Group

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Mau-Mau Room

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NeC Workshop, NY    1969

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Miss Honey's Young'Uns

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Set on the campus of a southern university, a young undergraduate struggles with the racially-charged ideologies set in motion to determine the proper response to oppression.

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in Black Drama In America, Howard University Press, 1994   -

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Precious Memories

Synopsis:
a collection of Ten-Minute bio-plays on African-American historical personalities who boldly confronted the political forces of their day and who left us the benefit of their wisdom in overcoming these forces

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The Second Decatet of Ten-Minute Plays SunRaSon Publications, 2005   -

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Prodigal Daughter, The

Synopsis:
the problems of a young unwed mother

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The orig. play on which her musical The Prodigal Sister (1974) was based. Prod. in New York As A street-theatre project At Lincoln Center, And on street corners in the Bronx.

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Lincoln Center, NY    -

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Prodigal Sister, The

Synopsis:
Jackie, a young black woman in conflict with parents, becomes pregnant and leaves home for the freedom of the big city, only to return home to find love and acceptance

Notes:
Music And lyrics by Micki Grant. Book And lyrics by J e Franklin

1st Produced:
Theatre De Lys, NY    1974

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SF; Music by Fiddle-back Music Co., New York, 1975   -

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Genre:
Musical Comedy Musical

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Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  6 BM, 7 BF

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Throw Thunder At This House

Synopsis:
The first black undergraduate attending the University of Texas gets trapped by non-academic forces which degenerate into internecine warfare

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Presented At Skidmore Coil., Saratoga Springs, New York, 1970s.

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Theatre for artcentric Living    -

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Male:  4            Female:  5            Other:  -

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Two Flowers

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New Feminist Theatre, NY    -

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Two Men'es Daughter

Synopsis:
In a racialized world where "race" is the great divider, a feisty elder refuses to pass for white as she struggles with feelings of anger toward the white father who wronged her Black mother

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also published in Perrine's Literature: Seventh edition, Harcourt-Brace, 1998

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in The Best American Short Plays of 1994-95, Applause Theatre Book Publishers, 1995   -

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Short Play One act

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Where Dewdrops Of Mercy Shine Bright

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an insensitive parent loses a second child to the world

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Rites and Reason, Brown Univ., Providence, RI    1983

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Will The Real South Please Rise

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Genre:
Musical

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