The Gentleman Caller
Bullins, Ed (American playwright, anthologist, 19__- ____), “The Gentleman Caller,”
a __-minute parable in English, set in a living room in a fashionable section (if there be any) of a northern American city, 1970,
© 1970 by Ed Bullins;
• in The Best Short Plays 1970, the Margaret Mayorga Series, edited by Stanley Richards (circa.1918-July 26, 1980) (New York: Chilton Book Company, 1970);
• also, in Ben Caldwell et al.’s A Black Quartet: Four New Black Plays, with an introduction by Clayton Riley (New York: The New American Library, Inc., 1970), a Signet Book;
• also, in Contemporary Black Drama: From A Raisin in the Sun to No Place to Be Somebody, selected and edited by Clinton F. Oliver and Stephanie Sills (New York: Scribner, 1971), SBN 684-41432-5;
• also, in The New Lafayette Theatre Presents; Plays with Aesthetic Comments by 6 Black Playwrights: Ed Bullins, J. E. Gaines, Clay Goss, Oyamo, Sonia Sanchez, Richard Wesley, 1st editon, edited by Ed Bullins (Garden City, New York, U.S.A.: Anchor Press, 1974), ISBN 0385041268;
• script/rights available from Samuel French, Inc., 25 West 45th Street, New York City, New York 10010-2751, U.S.A., telephone 212-206-8990, fax 212-206-1429; or 7623 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, California 90046-2795, U.S.A., telephone 213-876-0570, fax 213-876-6822; or 80 Richmond Street East, Toronto, Ontario M5C 1P1, Canada, telephone 416-363-3536, fax 416-363-1108; or Samuel French, Ltd., 52 Fitzroy Street, London W1P 6JR, England, SF 9617.
The Gentleman (m), _____; Mr. Mann (m), _____; The Maid (f), _____; Madame (f), _____.
"Black maid kills white employer.“
• “. . . [A]bout decadent and suicidal white American society.”—Play Index 1968-1972: An Index to 3,848 Plays, edited by Estelle A. Fidell (New York: The H. W. Wilson Company, 1973), p. 37.
• The Black Panther party was a “U.S. African-American militant political organization (founded 1966) advocating violent revolution to achieve African-American liberation. Its members became involved (late 1960s) in clashes with the police, and, after close FBI scrutiny, Huey Newton and Bobby Seale, the party’s founders, were tried in a number of court cases, but were acquitted. Another leader, Eldridge Cleaver, left (1975) the party, which was torn by rival factions. By the 1980s the Black Panther party had ceased to play an important part in the African-American movement.”—Encyclopedia.com from Electric Library, http://www.encyclopedia.com, accessed January 28, 1998.
• “Newton, with Bobby Seale, founded the Black Panther Party for Self Defense. Illiterate when he graduated from high school, Newton taught himself how to read and enrolled in Oakland, California’s Merritt College and studied law at the San Francisco School of Law. He met Seale at Merritt, and in 1966 they formed the Black Panthers as an alternative to the nonviolent civil rights movement. The Panthers called on all blacks to arm themselves for the liberation struggle. The militant party engaged in several high-profile, violent confrontations with police. In 1967, Newton was convicted of voluntary manslaughter for killing a policeman. After three mistrials, Newton was cleared in 1971. That same year he announced the Panthers would embrace a nonviolent strategy and shift their focus to offering community services to African Americans. In 1974, he fled to Cuba to avoid drug and murder charges. He returned three years later, and two trials ended with hung juries. Newton earned a Ph.D. in social philosophy from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1980. He was shot and killed in Oakland in 1989.”—Huey Newton, http://www.factmonster.com/ipka/A0800612.html, accessed November 8, 2002.
• “Ed Bullins, a professor in the theater department at Northeastern University, is mainly known as a playwright. Ed’s play Boy x Man received its professional premier as part of the Centastage Season6. His The Taking of Miss Janie was awarded the New York Drama Critics Circle Award and Obie Award. His plays In New England Winter, The Fabulous Miss Marie, and Clara’s Ole Man have been awarded Obies, the Venice Bienniale, and the Vernon Rice Drama Desk awards, respectively. The Ed Bullins Retrospective––Three Plays, Three Readings and Two Panels, will open at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture on February 25, 1999, in Harlem, New York. His newest play, '8 Minute Marathon,' will premier in Boston during the 1999 Boston Theater Marathon.”—Centastage - March 98 Doings, http://www.centastage.org/doings399.html, accessed November 9, 2002.
black, employer, maid, murder, race, white.