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Johnson, Georgia Douglas (aka Georgia Douglas Camp Johnson, African-American playwright, Harlem Renaissance poet, 1877-1966), “Blue Blood,”

a comedy in English, set in the American South, shortly after the Civil War,

1m3f;

  © 1990 by Georgia Douglass Johnson;  •  in Black Female Playwrights: An Anthology of Plays before 1950, edited by Kathy A. Perkins (1954-____), Blacks in the Diaspora series (Bloomington, Indiana, U.S.A.: Indiana University Press, 1989), ISBN 0253343585, LCCN 88046040, 288 pp.;  •  also, in Wines in the Wilderness: Plays by African American Women from the Harlem Renaissance to the Present, edited and compiled by Elizabeth Brown-Guillory, Contributions in Afro-American and African Studies, 0069-9624 ; no. 135 (New York: Greenwood Press, 1990), ISBN 0313265097, ISBN 0275935671, LCCN 89025857, 251 pp., containing Marita Bonner’s “The Pot Maker,” Georgia Douglas Johnson’s “Blue Blood,” “Safe,” “Blue-Eyed Black Boy,” Eulalie Spence’s “Hot Stuff,” “Episode,” May Miller’s “Riding the Goat,” Shirley Graham’s“It’s Mornin',” Alice Childress’ “Florence,” “Wine in the Wilderness,” Sonia Sanchez’s “Sister Son/ji,” Sybil Kein’s “Get Together,” Elizabeth Brown-Guillory “Mam Phyllis”;  •  also, in Georgia Douglas Johnson’s The Selected Works of Georgia Douglas Johnson, introduction by Claudia Tate, series African-American women writers, 1910-1940 (London: Prentice Hall International; New York: G.K. Hall, 1997), ISBN 078380038X, LCCN 96023997, 448 pp.;  •  script/rights formerly available from A. P. Davis and M. W. Peplow, Holt, Rinehart & Winston, Inc., 383 Madison Avenue, New York, New York 10017, U.S.A., http://www.hrw.com and now available from source listed in Johnson’s anthology.  •  Cited in Play Index, 1988-1992: An Index to 4,397 Plays, edited by Juliette Yaakov (____-____) and John Greenfieldt (____-____)  (New York: The H. W. Wilson Company, 1993), ISSN 0554-3037, LCCN 64-1054, 542 pp.

  §  Dramatis Personae _____ (m), engaged; _____ (f), engaged; _____ (f), _____; _____ (f), _____.

  §  Synopsis “Light-skinned black couple call off wedding when they discover they have the same father.”—Yaakov and Greenfieldt, p. 195.

  §  Comment Records spell Douglas sometimes as Douglass with no apparent pattern.  •  Other small-cast one-act scripts by Johnson include “Blue-Eyed Black Boy” (a drama, 1m3f) and “Plumes” (a drama, 1m2f + extra).

  §  Themes caste, heritage, incest, race.

 

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