The work of award-winning African-American playwright Ed Bullins will be showcased in February and March at Harlem's Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Three one-act plays, three staged readings, and two panel discussions comprise the retrospective.
The Ed Bullins Retrospective, which will be performed Feb. 25-28, is a compilation of three one-act plays: A Son, Come Home, directed by Shauneille Perry; Clara's Old Man, directed by Herman L. Jones; and The Electronic Negro, directed by Larry Leon Hamlin. Performances are at 7:30 PM.
The same directors will also stage readings of three Bullins plays, March 5-7 at 7:30 PM: In the Wine Time (Jones), Dr. Geechite and the Blood Junkies (Hamlin), and The Taking of Miss Janie (Perry).
On Feb. 27, Perry, American Place Theatre artistic director Wynn Handman, Clayton Riley, Ademola Olugebefola, and Karen Baxter will discuss "Ed Bullins and the Politics of the 1960s," and on March 6 "Ed Bullins and His Influence on Current Black Theater" will feature Richard Wesley, Amiri Baraka, Dr. Etheyl Pitt-Walker, Barbara Ann Peer, and Sam Hay. Both panels are at 3 PM.
The author of more than 100 plays, Bullins has received the New York Drama Critics Award, three Obie Awards, two Guggenheim fellowships, three Rockefeller Foundation Playwriting grants, and is currently a theatre professor at Northeastern University. Tickets are from $8 to $25. For reservations, call (212) 491-2200.
-- By Diane Snyder