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Charles (1) Smith

CHARLES (1) SMITH   

Nationality:   African-American    Email:   Click here to contact    Website:   Click here to visit

Literary Agent:  The Barbara Hogenson Agency, Inc  

Charles Smith was born and raised on the Southside of Chicago. His plays explore issues surrounding the perceptions of race and politics from an African-American point-of-view. Much of his work spans from the investigations of historic icons such as Marcus Garvey, W.E.B. Dubois, and Alexandre Dumas, to examinations of race and politics in more contemporary settings such as the impact of the end of segregation on Chicago's Southside

Plays by Charles (1) Smith

Black Star Line

1st Produced:

The Goodman Theatre, Chicago

1996

Company:

n/a

1st Published:

I don't think it has been published. Try emailing Playwright or Agent, where listed, at top of page.

ISBN/ASIN:

-

Music:

-

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#60004

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Genre:

Play/Drama

Parts:

Male

16

Female

4

Parts other:

-

Notes:

-

Synopsis:

Chronicles the rise of Marcus Garvey and the Back to Africa movement of the 1920's. Garvey, a Jamaican immigrant to the United States, founded the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA). At a time when W.E.B. Du Bois and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) were arguing that African Americans should claim their full rights as US citizens, Garvey was pushing for a separate black sovereign nation in the African state of Liberia.

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Cane

1st Produced:

Victory Gardens Theater, Chicago, USA >>>

1991

Company:

n/a

1st Published:

I don't think it has been published. Try emailing Playwright or Agent, where listed, at top of page.

ISBN/ASIN:

-

Music:

-

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#60005

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Genre:

105 min Adaptation

Parts:

Male

7

Female

3

Parts other:

-

Notes:

adaptation of Jean Toomer's 1923 novel of the same name.

Synopsis:

A patchwork of stories, poems, and dramatic interludes, the novel was considered a landmark work of the Harlem Renaissance, the period of artistic blossoming in the 1920's when black intellectuals began to explore their identity. The play brings the novel to life by featuring 10 actors in nearly 40 roles in a blend of drama, dance and music including old spirituals and a capella songs connected by the lyrical, rhythmic, vaguely hallucinatory voice of the author.

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City Of Gold

1st Produced:

Seattle Repertory Theatre, TYA contract

1992

Company:

n/a

1st Published:

in International Plays for Young Audiences, edited by Roger Ellis, Meriwether Publishing, Ltd., 2000

ISBN/ASIN:

-

Music:

-

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#60006

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Genre:

Play/Drama

Parts:

Male

-

Female

-

Parts other:

cast of 5

Notes:

-

Synopsis:

This play questions people's perspective of Christopher Columbus; his life, his deeds, and his relationship with the native Taino tribe whose life and customs Columbus documented when he arrived in the Americas. City of Gold explores the idea that Columbus was neither a glorified hero nor an evil conqueror, but a multi-faceted human who was caught in a difficult, complex situation.

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Denmark

1st Produced:

Victory Gardens Theater, Chicago, USA >>>

2006

Company:

n/a

1st Published:

I don't think it has been published. Try emailing Playwright or Agent, where listed, at top of page.

ISBN/ASIN:

-

Music:

-

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#89671

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Genre:

n/a

Parts:

Male

-

Female

-

Parts other:

-

Notes:

-

Synopsis:

n/a

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Free Man Of Color

1st Produced:

Victory Gardens Theater, Chicago, USA >>>

2004

Company:

n/a

1st Published:

I don't think it has been published. Try emailing Playwright or Agent, where listed, at top of page.

ISBN/ASIN:

-

Music:

-

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#60007

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Genre:

120 min Play/Drama

Parts:

Male

2

Female

1

Parts other:

-

Notes:

-

Synopsis:

the story of John Newton Templeton, an ex-slave who attended Ohio University and graduated in 1828, thirty-five years before the end of slavery. When John Newton Templeton is unexpectedly freed after his master's death, he migrates to the free state of Ohio where he meets the Presbyterian minister Robert Wilson, an avowed abolitionist. Wilson, who had taken on the challenge of serving as president of the then fledging Ohio University, saw the opportunity to use the promising young ex-slave to prove to the pro-slavery factions in America that African-Americans were capable of the same academic excellence as whites. President Wilson brings Templeton to his home in Athens, Ohio where Templeton works as the president's personal "student servant" while attending classes. Although Templeton excels in most areas of study, his achievements in other areas are quite different than what Wilson had wanted, needed, and expected. In this play about race, culture, and the differences between education and assimilation in America, Wilson is forced to reevaluate his abolitionist views and Templeton is forced to examine the reason he was chosen to be the "first."

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Freed

1st Produced:

59E59 Theaters, 59 East 59th Street, New York, NY 10022 >>>

16 Jun 2010

Company:

The Penguin Rep Theatre

1st Published:

I don't think it has been published. Try emailing Playwright or Agent, where listed, at top of page.

ISBN/ASIN:

-

Music:

-

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#115333

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Genre:

Play/Drama

Parts:

Male

2

Female

1

Parts other:

-

Notes:

-

Synopsis:

This new play by Charles Smith is based on the true story of John Newton Templeton, the first African American to attend college in the Midwest, 40 years before the Emancipation Proclamation. The story of John Newton Templeton is extraordinary. He went on to become the first teacher, and later principal, of the African School in Pittsburgh, the first school for African American children in the city. A relentless political activist, he was also co-editor of The Mystery, a newspaper "dedicated to the fight for freedom and political emancipation."
- nytheatre.com

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Freefall

1st Produced:

- - -

1993

Company:

n/a

1st Published:

Samuel French, NY,

ISBN/ASIN:

-

Music:

-

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#32566

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Genre:

Play/Drama

Parts:

Male

3

Female

1

Parts other:

-

Notes:

-

Synopsis:

story of two brother who exist in radically different social milieus

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Golden Leaf Ragtime Blues

1st Produced:

- - -

1987

Company:

n/a

1st Published:

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ISBN/ASIN:

-

Music:

-

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#60008

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Genre:

n/a

Parts:

Male

-

Female

-

Parts other:

-

Notes:

-

Synopsis:

n/a

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Gospel According to James, The

1st Produced:

Indiana Repertory Theatre

2011

Company:

n/a

1st Published:

Ohio University Press

ISBN/ASIN:

-

Music:

-

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#114026

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Genre:

n/a

Parts:

Male

7

Female

2

Parts other:

-

Notes:

-

Synopsis:

It's 1930 in Indiana and five young people are eager to break out of their small town. They need a car. They have a gun. But years later, contradictory memories are all that's left of their grand plans. The Gospel According to James is based on the double lynching immortalized by the iconic Lawrence Beitler photograph. The play creates a fictional meeting between the man who survived the lynching and the only woman with them that night. As The Gospel dramatizes the events leading up to the crime, it explores how unreliable personal memory underlies what we believe to be an immutable public history.

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Jelly Belly

1st Produced:

Victory Gardens Studio Theater, Chicago, USA >>>

1989

Company:

n/a

1st Published:

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ISBN/ASIN:

-

Music:

-

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#60009

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Genre:

95 min Play/Drama

Parts:

Male

4

Female

1

Parts other:

-

Notes:

An early version of Jelly Belly won the 1985 Cornerstone Playwriting Award And was produced by Penumbra Theatre Company in St. Paul in1986

Synopsis:

Jelly Belly is a powerful story of a convict returning from a brief prison stay to resume his position as the neighborhood kingpin. In the New York Times, Stephen Holden wrote Jelly Belly offers an unremittingly bleak portrait of inner-city life and the enormous pressure on working-class black men to be gangsters.

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Knock Me A Kiss

1st Produced:

Victory Gardens Theater, Chicago, USA >>>

2000

Company:

n/a

1st Published:

Dramatic Publishing,

ISBN/ASIN:

-

Music:

-

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#60010

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Genre:

120 min Play/Drama

Parts:

Male

3

Female

3

Parts other:

-

Notes:

-

Synopsis:

a fictional account inspired by the actual events surrounding the 1928 marriage of W.E.B. Du Bois's daughter Yolande to one of Harlem's great poets, Countee Cullen. The marriage marked the height of the Harlem Renaissance and was viewed as the perfect union of Negro talent and beauty. It united the daughter of America's foremost black intellectual, cofounder of the NAACP and publisher of Crisis Magazine, with a young poet whose work was considered to be one of the flagships for the New Negro movement. The play opens as jazz bandleader, Jimmy Lunceford, pursues a willing but apprehensive Yolande. She demurs, insisting that she and Jimmy be married in a manner consistent with her stature. Meanwhile, Du Bois tries to convince Countee Cullen to take a wife of great breeding, stature and education. When Countee realizes that Yolande appears to possess all of the attributes outlined by the elder Du Bois, he sets out to win her affection. When Yolande is forced to choose between her passion for Jimmy and marrying Countee, her overwhelming devotion to her father overpowers her heart. The marriage is a triumph of pomp and pageantry, but fails to be a union of man and woman. Finally, Yolande and Countee go their separate ways: Countee travels to Paris with his close friend Harold Jackman and Yolande goes back to Jimmy only to find that she is no longer wanted.

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Les Trois Dumas

1st Produced:

The People's Light and Theatre Company, Malvern, Pa

2001

Company:

n/a

1st Published:

Dramatic Publishing,

ISBN/ASIN:

-

Music:

-

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#60011

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Genre:

3 acts 2hr 40 min Play/Drama

Parts:

Male

6

Female

3

Parts other:

-

Notes:

Translated into Croatian for Croatian Radio, 1998

Synopsis:

Three generations of notorious Dumas appear in this swashbuckling play filled with tales of war, sword fights, masked balls and romantic escapades. General Thomas Dumas, the son of a French aristocrat and a black servant woman, was one of Napoleon's most prized generals. After suspecting Napoleon of being self-centered and covetous, the French-African General was denounced by Napoleon, branded a defector, disavowed, and consequently died penniless. Years later, his son, Alexander Dumas pere, author of The Three Musketeers, lives a life as daring and full of intrigue as the characters in his own plays and novels. While pere indulges in scandalous intrigue and occasional debauchery, his son, Alexander Dumas fils, struggles to come to terms with his father's apparent immoral lifestyle, his own racial heritage, and rumors of his grandfather's defection. Dumas fils' conflict is complicated further when a mysterious slanderer defames Dumas pere's literary integrity as well as his African heritage. To satisfy his son, Dumas pere challenges the mysterious slanderer to a duel at a masquerade ball where the three Dumas meet and the true identities of all are revealed.

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Pudd'nhead Wilson

1st Produced:

The Acting Company

2001

Company:

n/a

1st Published:

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ISBN/ASIN:

-

Music:

-

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#60012

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Genre:

130 min Adaptation

Parts:

Male

-

Female

-

Parts other:

-

Notes:

stage Adaptation And reinterpretation of the Mark Twain novel of the same name

Synopsis:

It is the story of the two sons of Judge Driscoll, the chief citizen of Dawson's Landing, Missouri. Tom is his legal heir and the child of his wife; Chambers is his child by the slave girl Roxy. When Driscoll threatens to sell Roxy's son , she switches the babies in their cradles. The two boys grow up with each other's identities - creating a situation both richly ironic and ultimately tragic.

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Sister Carrie

1st Produced:

Indiana Repertory Theatre

2002

Company:

n/a

1st Published:

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ISBN/ASIN:

-

Music:

-

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#60013

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Genre:

3 acts 3 hours Adaptation

Parts:

Male

-

Female

-

Parts other:

-

Notes:

adaptation of the Theodore Dreiser novel of the same name

Synopsis:

It is the story of Carrie Meeber, an impressionable young girl who leaves the insulated confines of rural Wisconsin in the early 1900's and enters the throbbing, amoral world of the big city. Soon her yearning for an honorable life and for lasting love is compromised. Each attempt to reconcile her dreams with reality forces Carrie into ever-more tangled affairs until she is forced to contend with the deep and driving forces of American culture, its restless idealism and its glamorous material temptations.

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Sutherland, The

1st Produced:

Victory Gardens Theater, Chicago, USA >>>

1997

Company:

n/a

1st Published:

Samuel French, London, 1999

ISBN/ASIN:

-

Music:

-

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#32568

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Genre:

105 min Play/Drama

Parts:

Male

4

Female

2

Parts other:

-

Notes:

-

Synopsis:

A promising young musician, Eugene Taylor, comes of age in the midst of Chicago's Southside jazz scene of the 1950's with musical royalty Miles Davis, Duke Ellington and John Coltrane as his role models. Having embarked on a six month European tour, he returns 15 years later after being seduced by the European's appreciation of jazz and the love of a Viennese woman. While abroad he hears of the race riots of the sixties, but not until he returns does he witnesses the devastating results; the black flight to the suburbs and the decline of the inner city neighborhood which was once his home. In a move to resolve both his absence and his current existence, Eugene goes on a crusade to save the Sutherland Show Lounge, once a mecca of Chicago's south side jazz scene.

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Takunda

1st Produced:

Repertory Theatre of St. Louis' Imaginary Theatre Company

1987

Company:

n/a

1st Published:

Plays In Process, Theatre Communications Group, New York, 1988

ISBN/ASIN:

-

Music:

-

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#60014

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Genre:

For Schools, 50 min

Parts:

Male

2

Female

2

Parts other:

-

Notes:

aka Tales of Africa

Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old Takunda's world is turned upside down when her father is arrested for his political activities in the turbulent Rhodesia of 1973. A coming of age story for our complex times, Takunda carries a message of hope and courage. The play employs authentic African folk tales and songs, an ensemble of four black actors, and the lively art of storytelling.

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Young Richard

1st Produced:

St. Louis Black Repertory Company

1991

Company:

n/a

1st Published:

I don't think it has been published. Try emailing Playwright or Agent, where listed, at top of page.

ISBN/ASIN:

-

Music:

-

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#60015

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Genre:

105 min Play/Drama

Parts:

Male

5

Female

2

Parts other:

-

Notes:

-

Synopsis:

a play about the social and political issues that plague America. Richard is a young black writer whose patron, a white business man, abruptly withdraws his financial aid when Richard's writings turn to world issues rather than the "black issues" the politically correct patron wishes to support. After blaming the world's ills on larger entities such as corporations and figure heads, Richard ultimately discovers something about himself and personal responsibility.

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