A Son, Come Home
Bullins, Ed (American playwright, anthologist, 19__- ____), “A Son, Come Home,”
a __-minute drama in English, set in _____, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A., 1969,
(1m is a boy, 1 f is a girl)
© 1969 by Ed Bullins;
• in Ed Bullins’ Five Plays: Goin’ a Buffalo; In the Wine Time; A Son, Come Home; The Electronic Nigger; Clara’s Ole Man (Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.A.: Bobbs-Merrill Company, Inc., 1969), LCCN 69-13087;
• script/rights available from source named in Bullins’ anthology.
_____ (m), __, Black poet; _____ (m), __, _____; _____ (f), __, mother of poet; _____ (f), __, _____.
“Black poet returns home to Philadelphia to visit his impoverished and superstitious mother.”—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.
• Obie Award winner.
• Five Plays was published in England under the title The Electronic Nigger, and Other Plays.
• 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, family, home, poverty, mother-son relationship, Philadelphia, poetry, superstition, visit.