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Theodore Ward

THEODORE WARD  (1902 - 1983)

Nationality:    African American
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Literary Agent:    Elise Virginia Ward  


James Theodore Ward was born 15 Sep 1902. He was an African-American author and playwright. From Thibodaux, La. he was one of eleven children from the family of John Ward and Louise Pierre Ward. Young Ward wrote a play as a child though his father was non-supportive. In 1936, he won second prize in a writing competition for his one-act presentation Sick 'n Tiahd. This led to his acquaintance with Richard Wright the man who won first prize. Through Wright, Ward joined the Chicago Writers Workshop of the WPA Federal Theatre, where he wrote a critical piece for Big White Fog, a production about the Garvey Movement. When the WPA ended, Ward brought the play to New York where it became the first production of the Negro Playwrights Company. In 1947 Our Lan, Ward's play about the Reconstruction South was moved from a successful run at the Henry Street Settlement Playhouse to Broadway's Royale Theatre. The play ran on Broadway for 42 performances before it closed. In 1949, Ward became the first Black dramatist to be awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship enabling him to write a play about the abolitionist John Brown. The play was later produced in Chicago at the Skyloft Theatre in 1951. His play, The Daubers, was produced in Chicago in 1969. Over his lifetime, Ward wrote more than 30theatrical productions, essays, poetry and pieces of two folk operas. James Theodore Ward lived and worked in Chicago from 1968 until his death in 1983.

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Bell and the Light, The         Big Money         Big White Fog         Candle in the Wind         Charity         Daubers, The         Deliver The Goods         Even The Dead Rise         Falcon Of Adowa         John Brown         John de Conqueror         Madison         Of Human Grandeur         Our Lan'         Shout Hallelujah         Sick and Tired (Sick and Tiahd)         Throwback         Whole Hog or Nothing



Bell and the Light, The

Synopsis:
Slaves, including the colonel's own mulatto daughter, depend upon the colonel for their "good" treatment, but when the chips are down, they discover that they must be free and save themselves.

Notes:
Music by Irving Schlein

1st Produced:
-    1962

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1st Published:
-   -

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Genre:
2 act Historical Musical Historical

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  9 BM, 11 BF, 4 WM, 2 WF, extras

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Big Money

Synopsis:
Thunderbird suddenly gets $85,000 and all his friends want to help him spend it, but the police interfere

Notes:
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1st Produced:
-    1961

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-   -

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Genre:
2 act Musical Comedy Musical

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  15 BM, 5 BF, 8 WM, 1 WF, extras

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Big White Fog

Synopsis:
Victor Mason, husband, father, and Garveyite (follower of Marcus Garvey) fights to keep his dream alive while his family and the world fall down around him.

Notes:

1st Produced:
Great Northern Theatre, Chicago, Ill    Apr 1938

Company:
Negro Unit

1st Published:
Black Theater USA, ed. by James V. Hatch and Ted Shine, New York: Free Pr, 1974   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
3 act Domestic Drama Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  6 BM, 6 BF, 4 BC, 2 WM, extras

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Candle in the Wind

Synopsis:
Charles Caldwell, black senator from the state of Mississippi, 1875, fights to keep a black and white coalition in power and is killed for it

Notes:
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1st Produced:
-    1966

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1st Published:
-   -

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Genre:
4 act Historical Protest Historical

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  10 BM, 3 BF, 18 WM (doubling

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Charity

Synopsis:
This is the true story of the Negro musician, Blind Tom, and how he was exploited.

Notes:
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1st Produced:
-    1960

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-   -

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Genre:
3 act Historical Musical Historical

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  4 BM, 5 BF, 10 WM, 3 WF, extras

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Daubers, The

Synopsis:
A middle class black family, in its efforts to achieve political power and property, loses its daughter to drug addiction.

Notes:
-

1st Produced:
-    1953

Company:
-

1st Published:
in Childress, Black Scenes (one scene),    -

Music:
-

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Genre:
3 Act Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  3 BM, 6 BF, 1 WM, 1 WF

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Deliver The Goods

Synopsis:
First National Defense Play for World War II defense effort. It shows the struggle of longshoremen against fascists and corrupt bosses while trying to support the army overseas

Notes:
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1st Produced:
-    1941

Company:
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1st Published:
-   -

Music:
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Genre:
3 act Historical Drama Historical

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  2 BM, 18 WM, 6 WF (doubling).

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Even The Dead Rise

Synopsis:
The black revolutionaries of the past refuse to lie quietly in their graves until justice is done

Notes:
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1st Produced:
-    1938

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1st Published:
-   -

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Genre:
Historical Mythic Drama One Act

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  8 BM, 4 BF, 2 WM, extras

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Falcon Of Adowa

Synopsis:
Set during the Italian invasion of Ethiopia; Gugsa, a collaborator, is executed by the Italians when he defects and calls for Abyssinian unity and loyalty to Haile Selassie

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Chicago, III    1938

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-   -

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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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John Brown

Synopsis:
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Notes:
See Also Of Human Grandeur

1st Produced:
People's Drama, New York    1950

Company:
-

1st Published:
Act I, scene II, Masses and Mainstream, Oct. 1949, 1949   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Historical Political Drama

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John de Conqueror

Synopsis:
Warrior and leader, John de Conqueror, leads his people into the sea rather than submit to white slavery

Notes:
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1st Produced:
-    1953

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1st Published:
-   -

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Genre:
2 act Folk Opera Play with Music

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  9 BM, 4 BF, 3 WM, extras

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Madison

Synopsis:
Slaves being taken from Richmond to New Orleans on the S.S. Creole seize control through leadership of Madison and sail to Nassau and freedom. Subtitled: Creole

Notes:
Adapted from Frederick Douglass' short story, "The Heroic Slave" (1853).

1st Produced:
-    1956

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1st Published:
-   -

Music:
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Genre:
2 act Historical Musical Historical

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  7 BM, 5 BF, 4 WM, extras

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Of Human Grandeur

Synopsis:
The story of John Brown from 1835 until his execution.

Notes:
-

1st Produced:
As John Brown, People's Drama, New York    1950

Company:
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1st Published:
-   -

Music:
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Genre:
4 act Historical Political Drama Historical

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  7 BM, 1 BF, 20 WM, 2 WF (doubling)

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Our Lan'

Synopsis:
. A band of freed slaves receives a Georgia island from General William Tecumseh Sherman to raise crops, build a school and community; they are later told by the federal government to leave; they refuse

Notes:
written 1941-1946

1st Produced:
Henry Street Settlement Playhouse, NY    1946

Company:
-

1st Published:
Black Drama in America, ed. by Darwin T. Turner, Greenwich: Fawcett (also in Theatre Arts 31, June 1947): 51, 1971   -

Music:
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Genre:
2 act Historical Drama Historical

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  13 BM, 7 BF, 6 WM, 1 WF, BC

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Shout Hallelujah

Synopsis:
Young Sammy, talented musician, stands a chance to escape West Virginia mines, but discovers that his mother is a prostitute and kills himself

Notes:
-

1st Produced:
-    1941

Company:
-

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
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Genre:
3 Act Tragedy

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  11 BM, 5 BF, 2 WM

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Sick and Tired (Sick and Tiahd)

Synopsis:
A black man goes to a commissary where a white man tries to cheat him and a scuffle follows; the white man falls on a plow and is killed. The black man refuses to run because he is sick and "tiahd" of white folks

Notes:
Received second prize in city-wide contest sponsored by the New Theatre League, Chicago, Ill

1st Produced:
np., 1938; revised version, 1964    1938

Company:
-

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Historical Drama One Act

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  2 BM, 1 BF, 3 BC, 1 WB

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Throwback

Synopsis:
A black man kills a white mill owner for messing with his wife

Notes:
-

1st Produced:
-    1952

Company:
-

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Folk Protest One Act

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  1 BM, 2 BF, 1 WM, child

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Whole Hog or Nothing

Synopsis:
A group of black American servicemen fighting in World War II fight white racism in New Guinea as well and win

Notes:
-

1st Produced:
-    1952

Company:
-

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Drama One Act

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  5 BM,11 WM

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