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In His Own Write (1968). 61 Sun-. A Poem for Malcolm X Inspired by His Murder was commissioned by the Royal Court Theatre in 1968 and was produced at the Theatre Upstairs, the Royal Court, in August 1969. It was published in Scripts (1971). " Complemented by sound effects/music, improvisational lighting, and rear-screen projections, movement merges with verbal and visual imagery in a tone poem about a man dismembered among the shattered elements of a cosmos; the only remnant is a "tiny black Sun" (Sun, 77).

In a few months I would create a character who would turn into an owl" (People, 122). When produced by the New York Shakespeare Festival (Joseph Papp), Owl Answers was paired with Kennedy's A Blast's Story under the title, Cities in Bezique. Actually, Cities in Bezique was the title of a play that Adrienne Kennedy had written in 1967-68; it had been commissioned by Joseph Papp for the New York Shakespeare Festival, but Papp found it "too chaotic and abstract" and instead used this title for the two one-act plays, Owl Answers and A Best's Story (see DT, 118).

The torment of the colored girl in Funny House \sic\ of a Negro parallels that of all people who suffer the pathology of minorities. 15 Funnyhouse of a Negro was awarded an Obie for "most distinguished play" in May 1964. The play was produced by the Theater Company of Boston beginning March 1 1 , 1965. Directed by David Wheeler, this production conceptualized Sarah, played by Barbara Ann Teer, as a powerful female; Gustav Johnson enacted the role of Lumumba, with settings by Robert Allen and lighting by Neville Powers.

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