This volume chronicles the life and career of Ellen Stewart, who as a black fashion designer with no experience in theater founded the Cafe La Mama, one of the most influential experimental theaters in the world.
This study chronicles the life and career of Ellen Stewart and her experimental theater, Cafe La Mama. Once an accomplished Black fashion designer, Stewart--with no experience in theater--founded and developed one of the most influential experimental theaters in the world. The volume includes a short biography, a chronology of the most significant events related to Stewart and La Mama, a record of the more than 1400 plays produced at La Mama, and an annotated bibliography. Appendices list La Mama's Obie awards, awards won by Stewart, and shows directed by Stewart. The volume presents a fascinating account of the physical, emotional, and political conditions surrounding the history of Cafe La Mama, while focusing on a Black American artist who boldly forged a niche in an area previously inaccessible to Black women.
Preface Chronology Productions Writings about Ellen Stewart and La Mama Productions: Books and Periodical Articles; Newspaper Articles; Interviews Appendix A: La Mama Obie's Awards Appendix B: Ellen Stewart's Awards and Citations Appendix C: Shows Directed by Ellen Stewart Production Index General Index
Reviews Horn's exemplary biobibliography includes a chronology, a biography, a production record, a listing of Stewart's awards and citations, and an annotated bibliography of books and articles about Ellen Stewart and La Mama. Well-indexed; highly recommended.—Choice