Black History MonthWe owe the celebration of Black History Month in February — and more importantly, the study of black history — to Dr. Carter G. Woodson. The son of slaves, he was born in Virginia in 1875. While earning his Ph.D. from Harvard, the scholar was disturbed to find that history books largely ignored the American black population. When blacks did figure into the picture, it was generally in ways that reflected the inferior social position they were assigned at the time.
Now as ever, it is important to keep the impetus of Dr. Woodson in mind while looking for tools to enlighten our youth and keep the vision intact for all of us. Pioneer Drama Service is proud to offer plays that can contribute to the important observance of Black History Month. Any of the plays listed below can be an instrumental piece in the celebration for your school or community. Either in the classroom or on the stage, these plays are sure to entertain as well as educate.
Pioneer Drama Service is proud to carry 4 plays relevant to Black History Month.
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Anansi the Spider and the Middle Passage
Cast: Flexible cast of 5-19
Set/Time: Simple interior and exterior sets / About 50 minutes
Anansi, the celebrated spider from African folklore, tells the story of an African mother and daughter who are kidnapped and sold into slavery. More...
A Visit From George Washington Carver
Cast: Flexible cast of 3-5 (2M, 1-3F)
Set/Time: No set requirement / About 45 minutes
This entertaining biography emphasizes George Washington Carver's determination and curiosity while utilizing outstanding audience participation. More...
Don’t Sleep under the Mapou Tree!
Adapted From Haitian Folklore
Cast: Flexible cast of 6 or more
Set/Time: Area staging / About 45 minutes
This play consists of two short plays based on Haitian folklore. Children participate as elephants, zeaubeaups, and an unusual group of villagers who do everything backwards. More...
A Land Beyond the River
Cast: 11M, 5F
Set/Time: One unit set / About 120 minutes
Based on the true story of the integration movement in education, this play offers a look at the African-American's struggle for freedom in America. More...