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Myth, Magic, and Farce

Four Multicultural Plays by Sterling Houston

Sterling Houston, Sandra M. Mayo (Editor)


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Sterling Houston is an innovative African American writer whose plays are known for biting social commentary combined with eye-popping theatricality. Despite many successful productions, his work has never before been widely available in print. The four plays in this collection represent Houston’s full range of themes and styles. High Yello Rose deflates the Alamo myth by casting the heroes’ parts entirely with women. Isis in Nubia is a love story that sets the Isis/Osiris myth in West Africa. Black Lily and White Lily is a realistic domestic drama exploring racial tensions. Miranda Rites returns to Houston’s broadly farcical style, enacting Martha Mitchell’s last days in a hospital, where she hallucinates about Marilyn Monroe and Dorothy Dandridge, and is escorted to the underworld by Carmen Miranda.

University of North Texas Press, 9781574411874, 128pp.

Publication Date: January 5, 2005

About the Author

Born in San Antonio, Sterling Houston spent thirty years in the theatre as actor, composer, and playwright. He was artistic director and writer-in-residence for Jump-Start Performance Co. in San Antonio, where he premiered twenty plays.

Sandra M. Mayo is currently Director of Multicultural and Gender Studies and Associate Professor of Theatre at Texas State University in San Marcos.