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Women in theatre. Ruby Dee

Author: Ruby DeeLinda WinerIsobel RobinsHarriet SlaughterRuth MayleasAll authors
Publisher: New York : CUNY-TV, ©2004.
Series: Women in theatre
Edition/Format:   VHS video : VHS tape   Visual material : English
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Actress, poet, playwright, screenwriter, journalist, and activist Ruby Dee discusses her career with Newsday critic Linda Winer. Dee speaks about being denied a role because of her race as a high school drama student in Manhattan; performing in Harlem's American Negro Theatre in the 1940s; being one of the first African American actresses to play important Shakespearean roles with white actors during the 1960s;  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Interviews
Television
Talk shows
Named Person: Ruby Dee; Ruby Dee
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Ruby Dee; Linda Winer; Isobel Robins; Harriet Slaughter; Ruth Mayleas; Betty L Corwin; Robert Isaacson; Audra D Malone; CUNY-TV (Television station : New York, N.Y.); League of Professional Theatre Women.; City University of New York.
OCLC Number: 170969837
Notes: Credits at end of tape.
"Discussion program spotlighting prominent women from the theatre, including performers, playwrights, producers and designers."
Performer(s): Interviewer: Linda Winer.
Event notes: Videotaped in the CUNY-TV studios, New York, N.Y. on Dec. 15, 2003. First aired on CUNY-TV, Channel 75, March 26, 2004.
Description: 1 videocassette (VHS) (29 min.) : sound, color SP ; 1/2 in.
Series Title: Women in theatre
Other Titles: Dialogues with notable women in American theatre
Responsibility: produced by the League of Professional Theatre Women, Isobel Robins, Harriet Slaughter, co-presidents ; Ruth Mayleas, executive producer ; Betty L. Corwin, director of special projects, Theatre on Film and Tape Archive ; Bob Isaacson, executive in charge of production ; Audra D. Malone, director ; [produced for] CUNY-TV.

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Actress, poet, playwright, screenwriter, journalist, and activist Ruby Dee discusses her career with Newsday critic Linda Winer. Dee speaks about being denied a role because of her race as a high school drama student in Manhattan; performing in Harlem's American Negro Theatre in the 1940s; being one of the first African American actresses to play important Shakespearean roles with white actors during the 1960s; meeting her husband Ossie Davis during the production of Jeb in 1945; her longstanding involvement, along with her husband, in political activism; their writing of their joint autobiography; being cast in the stage play A raisin in the sun as Ruth, a suffering housewife in the projects; her view of herself as a "fighter" influenced by her early encounters with racism; her kinship with directors and writers with whom she has worked; and the need for more dramatic works about African Americans.

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