Shared Stages: Ten American Dramas of Blacks and Jews (Paperback)

Ten American Dramas of Blacks and Jews

By Sarah Blacher Cohen (Introduction by), Joanne B. Koch (Introduction by)

State University of New York Press, 9780791472828, 544pp.

Publication Date: October 4, 2007



Shared Stages brings together ten of the best contemporary American plays that dramatize the explosive relationship of two tightly knit peoples--Blacks and Jews--in American society. Including works such as Driving Miss Daisy, I'm Not Rappaport, Fires in the Mirror, and Medal of Honor Rag, this collection deftly explores the interwoven destinies of Blacks and Jews through the civil rights movement, the Vietnam War, the women's movement, and the renewal of urban conflict. Together, these plays reveal initially unequal relationships between master and servant, doctor and patient, lawyer and client, but new stories ultimately emerge about who these characters have become, how they relate to each other, and what the future might hold for them--and for us.

About the Author

Author and playwright Sarah Blacher Cohen is Professor Emerita of English at the University at Albany, State University of New York. Her previous books include Making a Scene: The Contemporary Drama of Jewish-American Women, as well as her plays, Molly Picon's Return Engagement, The Ladies Locker Room, Schlemiel the First, and The Old System.Joanne B. Koch is a playwright, author, screenwriter and Professor of English and Director of the Graduate Writing Program at National-Louis University in Chicago. Her previous works include the produced plays Nesting Dolls, Safe Harbor, Teeth, Haymarket, A Leading Woman, and the Bellow adaptation A Silver Dish, as well as an Emmy Award-winning television series, High Top Tower.