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Subseries 2.1b
Scripts, 1966-2007
Boxes 78-87

Scope and Content Note

The subseries consists of scripts of Pearl Cleage's published and unpublished dramas from 1966-2007. Manuscript and typescript drafts of her play scripts, performance pieces, screenplays, and teleplays are included. Cleage's dramas primarily focus on African American historical events from a womanist perspective. Play scripts include drafts, notecards, and notes about plays including Flyin' West, about the Exodus of 1879, Bourbon at the Border, about experiences during the Civil Rights Movement, and Blues for an Alabama Sky, about the Harlem Renaissance. Early scripts include Cleage's first play, The Bangs, written while an undergraduate at Howard University; her playwriting notebook for her class taught by playwright Owen Dodson; and The Sale which was produced by Spelman College several months after Cleage's graduation in 1971.

Performance pieces were produced by Cleage at the Nexus Contemporary Art Center and the Just Us Theater Company, both in Atlanta, Georgia. For 10 years, Cleage collaborated with Zaron W. Burnett, Jr. on the award-winning performance series Live at Club Zebra! while acting as playwrights-in-residence at the Just Us Theatre Company.

Screenplays and teleplays include typescripts and film treatments for Cleage's works including the play Banana Bread which was filmed for television in Atlanta, Georgia.

Arrangement Note

Arranged by script type, then in alphabetical order.

Play scripts
Box Folder Content
78 1 3 on the Train to Colgate, typescripts, undated
78 2 Afro, typescripts, 1967
78 3 The Bangs, typescripts, circa 1966
78 4 Blues for an Alabama Sky, journal, undated
78 5 Blues for an Alabama Sky, typescripts, 1994
78 6 Blues for an Alabama Sky, typescripts, 1995
78 7 Blues for an Alabama Sky, typescripts [1], 1996
78 8 Blues for an Alabama Sky, typescripts [2], 1996
78 9 Bourbon at the Border, manuscript and typescripts, 1977
78 10 Bourbon at the Border, notes [1], 1997
79 1 Bourbon at the Border, notes [2], 1997
79 2 Bourbon at the Border, notes [3], 1997
79 3 Bourbon at the Border, notes journal [1], 1997
79 4 Bourbon at the Border, notes journal [2], 1997
79 5 Bourbon at the Border, typescripts, revisions, October 1996
79 6 Bourbon at the Border, typescripts, April 1997
79 7 Bourbon at the Border, typescripts [1], July 1997
79 8 Bourbon at the Border, typescripts [2], July 1997
80 1 Bourbon at the Border, typescripts, third draft, 1977
80 2 Bourbon at the Border, typescripts, working draft [1], 1997
80 3 Bourbon at the Border, typescripts, working draft [2], 1997 [1 of 2]
80 4 Bourbon at the Border, typescripts, working draft [2], 1997 [2 of 2]
80 5 Bourbon at the Border, typescripts, working draft [3], 1997
80 6 Cave, handwritten draft, circa 1966-1968
80 7 Chain, typescripts, 1991
80 8 The Citation, typescripts, undated
80 9 The Difference Maker, typescripts, undated
80 10 Down at the Dinghy, typescripts, 1967
80 11 Duet for Three Voices, typescripts, 1970
80 12 Essentials, typescripts [1], 1983
80 13 Essentials, typescripts [2], 1983
80 14 Fabulous Faith: A Gospel Truth, typescripts [1], 2010
81 1 Fabulous Faith: A Gospel Truth, typescripts [2], 2010 [1 of 2]
81 2 Fabulous Faith: A Gospel Truth, typescripts [2], 2010 [2 of 2]
81 3 Fabulous Faith: A Gospel Truth, typescripts [3], 2010
81 4 Fabulous Faith: A Gospel Truth, working papers, 2010 [1 of 2]
81 5 Fabulous Faith: A Gospel Truth, working papers, 2010 [2 of 2]
81 6 Flyin' West, book covers, 2010
81 7 Flyin' West, manuscript drafts and notes, 1990
81 8 Flyin' West, manuscript draft, 1990 [1 of 2]
81 9 Flyin' West, manuscript draft, 1990 [2 of 2]
82 1 Flyin' West, manuscript draft, 1992 [1 of 7]
82 2 Flyin' West, manuscript draft, 1992 [2 of 7]
82 3 Flyin' West, manuscript draft, 1992 [3 of 7]
82 4 Flyin' West, manuscript draft, 1992 [4 of 7]
82 5 Flyin' West, manuscript draft, 1992 [5 of 7]
82 6 Flyin' West, manuscript draft, 1992 [6 of 7]
82 7 Flyin' West, manuscript draft, 1992 [7 of 7]
82 8 Flyin' West, notecards [1 of 3]
82 9 Flyin' West, notecards [2 of 3]
82 10 Flyin' West, notecards [3 of 3]
82 11 Flyin' West, notes journal, 1991
83 1 Flyin' West, typescripts [1], 1992
83 2 Flyin' West, typescripts [2], 1992
83 3 Flyin' West, typescripts [3], 1992
83 4 Flyin' West, typescripts [4], 1992
83 5 Flyin' West, typescripts [5], 1992
83 6 Flyin' West, typescripts [6], 1992
83 7 Flyin' West, typescripts, 1993
83 8 The Funeral, typescripts, 1967
84 1 Good News, typescripts [1], 1984
84 2 Good News, typescripts [2], 1984
84 3 Hospice, typescripts [1], 1983
84 4 Hospice, typescripts [2], 1983
84 5 Hymn for the Rebels, typescripts, circa 1968
84 6 Incident, typescripts, circa 1969-1970
84 7 Late Bus to Mecca, manuscript draft, circa 1992
84 8 Late Bus to Mecca, typescripts, circa 1992
84 9 Love and Trouble, typescripts, undated
84 10 The Love Project, manuscript notes, undated
84 11 The Love Project, typescripts, undated
85 1 The Love Project, typescripts, 2007
85 2 Nacirema Society, manuscript notes, 2010
85 3 Notes for play and Coca-Cola proposal, 2008
85 4 Notes on a positive play in progress, 1982
85 5 Notebook on playwriting, 1968
85 6 Oprah Winfrey Live at Radio City, manuscript notes, 2009
85 7 Oprah Winfrey Live at Radio City, typescripts, 2010
85 8 Oprah Winfrey Live at Radio City, working papers, 2009-2010
85 9 Porchsongs, typescripts, circa 1985
85 10 Puppetplay/Le Mari Honnete, typescripts, circa 1981
86 1 Re-Union, manuscripts, typescripts, circa 1966-1968
86 2 Revolutionary Action, typescripts, circa 1969-1970
86 3 The Sale, typescripts, circa 1972
86 4 See About Me, typescripts, 1990
86 5 A Song for Coretta, manuscripts, circa 2007
86 6 A Song for Coretta, notes [1], circa 2006
86 7 A Song for Coretta, notes [2], circa 2006
86 8 A Song for Coretta, notes [3], circa 2006
86 9 A Song for Coretta, typescripts, 2006
86 10 Sella, typescripts, circa 1966-1968
86 11 Street Scene, typescripts, circa 1966-1968
86 12 Untitled, manuscripts [1], circa 1966-1968
87 1 Untitled, manuscripts [2], circa 1966-1968
87 2 Untitled, manuscripts [3], circa 1966-1968
87 3 Untitled, manuscripts, fragments, circa 1966-1968
Performance pieces
87 4 Atlanta College of Art Series: Artists in Collaboration, typescripts, 1988 February
87 5 "Ask Sister Pearl," notes, undated
87 6 "Blue Lights in the Basement," typescripts, undated
87 7 "Clearing the Heart," typescripts, undated
87 8 "The Confession: Crimes of Passion," typescripts, undated
87 9 "My Father Has a Son," typescripts, 1986
87 10 "Good Brother Blues," typescripts, undated
87 11 "Hairpeace," typescripts, 1993
87 12 "Listening to L.L. Kool J.," typescripts, 1987
87 13 "Live Sex Act," typescripts, undated
87 14 "My Mother's Voice Visits," typescripts and notes, undated
87 15 "One for the Brothers," typescripts, undated
87 16 "The Past as Prologue," typescripts, undated
87 17 "Rap's Song," typescripts, undated
90 43 "Ridin' Through America,' typescripts, undated
87 18 "The Ritual Record," typescripts, undated
87 19 "Robin and Mike," typescripts, undated
87 20 Untitled, typescripts, no date
87 21 "WNTV Is on the Air, Live at Club Zebra," typescripts, 1990 [1 of 3]
87 22 "WNTV Is on the Air, Live at Club Zebra," typescripts, 1990 [2 of 3]
87 23 "WNTV Is on the Air, Live at Club Zebra," typescripts, 1990 [3 of 3]
Screenplays and teleplays
87 24 Banana Bread, teleplay, undated
87 25 Mother, film scripts, undated
87 26 Nuthin' But a Movie, film scripts, 1986
87 27 Untitled, film treatment, 1980
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