Classic Plays from the Negro Ensemble Company edited by Paul Carter Harrison and Gus Edwards
Notable members of The Negro Ensemble Company.
- The women of TNEC. Rosalind Cash (far right), Esther Rolle (3rd from left), Hattie Winston (foreground), Clarice Taylor (far left), and others. February ‘69.
- Hattie Winston.
- Moses Gunn.
- Phylicia Rashad.
- Roxie Roker.
- Clarice Taylor.
- Rosalind Cash.
- Richard Roundtree.
- Al Freeman, Jr.
- Esther Rolle.
THIS is Black history.
Black actors, TAKE NOTE. If you don’t know who these people are, RESEARCH THEM! That’s your homework, lol.
They paved the way for us. Without them and their sacrifices and achievements there would be no space for us to freely create as Black artists.
We stand on their shoulders.
Lena Horne hugging her brilliant daughter Gail Jones, backstage at the York Playhouse on October 6, 1960 after Gail made her stage debut in the musical “Valmuouth.” Gail Jones is now Gail Buckley and the author of several books including The Hornes: An American Family.” Photo: Bettman/Corbis.
Some of my faves and their mothers!
Out Now: The Sapphires (PG)
A talented ’60s Aboriginal all-girl group find fame, love and friendship in this inspirational musical comedy. It’s 1968 and social change is sweeping the world. Inspired by these events, Aboriginal people in rural western Australia are fighting for their rights. Against this tumultuous backdrop, three talented young singing siblings living at a remote mission are spotted by down-on-his-luck Irish musician Dave (Chris O’Dowd). His first challenge is to persuade Gail (Deborah Mailman), Cynthia (Miranda Tapsell) and Julie (Jessica Mauboy) that they should be playing soul rather than country and western music. Eventually joined by Kay (Shari Sebbens), they become The Sapphires - Australia’s answer to The Supremes. And their big break comes with a gig performing to US troops in Vietnam. Inspired by an amazing true story and adapted from Tony Briggs’s award-winning stage play, ‘The Sapphires’ stars Australian Idol winner Jessica Mauboy. It also features another brilliant comic performance by ‘Bridesmaids’ star Chris O’Dowd.