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Richard Wesley plays,

Title
Richard Wesley plays, 1971-1989.
Author
Wesley, Richard, 1945-
Supplementary Content
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Found In
c2pc Negro Ensemble Company. Negro Ensemble Company records. (CStRLIN)NYPW98-A157.
Description
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Donor/Sponsor
Schomburg NEH Humanities Resources for African and African Diasporan Studies Access Project.
Subjects
Genre/Form
  • Plays.
  • Scripts.
Access (note)
  • There are no restrictions on access to the plays.
Source (note)
  • Negro Ensemble Company
Biography (note)
  • Playwright and screenwriter.
Linking Entry (note)
  • Forms a part of: Negro Ensemble Company records. See collection record for more information.
Processing Action (note)
  • Cataloged
Call Number
Sc MG 345
Author
Wesley, Richard, 1945-
Title
Richard Wesley plays, 1971-1989.
Access
There are no restrictions on access to the plays.
Summary
Collection contains photocopies of two unpublished play scripts. Titles include: "Ace boon coon," 1971, and "The talented tenth," 1989.
Linking Entry
Forms a part of: Negro Ensemble Company records. See collection record for more information.
Biography
Playwright and screenwriter. Richard Wesley was born in Newark, NJ, 1945. He was educated at Howard University in Washington, DC, where he received a BFA, 1967. Wesley made his way to New York City where he joined the New Lafayette Theater's Black Theater Workshop, and became managing editor of the New Lafayette's, "Black Theater" magazine (1969). In 1970, Wesley wrote two one act plays, which were produced at the University of the Streets Theater in Manhattan, and in the ensuing years a succession of works, which were also produced: "The black terror" (1971), "Getting it together" (1972), both at the Public Theater; "Strike heaven on the face" (1973), at the Phoenix Repertory Theater; "Goin' thru changes" (1974) and "The past is the past" (1974), at the Billie Holiday Theater, Brooklyn,NY.
In 1973, with the closing of the New Lafayette Theater, Wesley was hired by Sidney Poitier to write the screenplays for the films, "Uptown Saturday night" and "Let's do it again," starring Poitier and Bill Cosby. In the following years, he wrote scripts for the motion pictures, "Native son," 1983, "Fast forward," 1986, and several TV dramas. Richard Wesley is presently on the faculty of the Dramatic Writing Program at the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, teaching Playwriting and Screenwriting. He currently serves on the Executive Board of the Writers Guild of America, East; he is a member of the Selection Committee of the Newark Black Film Festival, Newark Museum, and serves on the boards of the Theatre of Universal Images in Newark and The New Federal Theatre in New York. He is also serving on the National Film Preservation Board of the Library of Congress, representing the Writers Guild of America.
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Added Author
Wesley, Richard, 1945- Ace boon coon.
Wesley, Richard, 1945- Talented tenth.
Negro Ensemble Company.
Added Title
Schomburg NEH Humanities Resources for African and African Diasporan Studies Access Project.
Found In:
c2pc Negro Ensemble Company. Negro Ensemble Company records. (CStRLIN)NYPW98-A157.
Research Call Number
Sc MG 345
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