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African American Literature

May 18 , 2006

I really enjoyed the interview with Ed Bullins . It ‘s odd because he is this big guy that reminds me of a football player . He has a deep voice and I guess I didn ‘t see him as someone who wrote so well . I don ‘t know what I expected him to seem like . Bullins seemed like he could intimidate anyone and he definitely had a presence while giving his interview . I thought it was really interesting for someone with so much [banner_entry_middle]

success took the time to come and talk to us at the college . He said he has written over 50 plays and had a lot to say about African American theater . It is inspiring that you have someone like Bullins who had very little in his life and then he decided to change it . He talked about how he used to be a janitor and studied economy . Now he was one of the most respected playwrights ever . One thing he talked about was having African American theaters which perform only African American plays . I had never really considered or knew about separate theaters for different types of plays . I know there are theaters that perform only Shakespeare

He talked about his play The Taking of Miss Janie ‘ which was a really shocking play . It is about rape and black and white romantic relationships . He is considering turning that play into a musical but he is not sure how it would actually work . But at Northeastern he decided to try it and now the play is called Janie ‘s Song . Bullins says it is going to be sort of like an opera or serious musical

Bullins used to only write stories and poems . Then he saw this play called Dutchman ‘ and he was really inspired by it . He joined this writing group and then he got involved with politics . This was when he first wrote How Do You Do ‘ The Rally ‘ and other plays . These plays were performed at black theaters in Harlem . He won a number of awards called Obies . These are awards for play writing

He seemed really passionate about writing and plays . It was like he had so many ideas and dreams for the future he couldn ‘t tells us about them fast enough . He has a lot of plays in the works right now . He talked a lot about play related technical stuff which was not very interesting to me . I wish he had talked more about what his goals were in his plays and people reacted to them . The interview seemed too rehearsed and I wish it could have just been Bullins causal talking to the audience… [banner_entry_footer]

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