History of Black Theatre - 2020

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Creation Date June 17th, 2020
Updated Date Updated January 12th, 2021
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In February of 2020, K introduced Warren to the history of Black Theatre. These episodes are different from our usual fare in that we tried to not curse in this series. Recommended for teens and adults.
  1. We're back! And we're going to be on your feed more than normal this month because it is Black History Month and K has a lot they want to cover! In this episode, K gives Warren a crash course on different forms of Yoruban Rituals before they watch videos on Egungun and Gelede. They discuss the views from the book Black Theatre: Ritual Performance in the African Diaspora and K forgets how many days are in the month of February during a leap year! Join the Cast Junkie discord and help support indie podcasts at https://discord.gg/napQ3Cb. Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebadger @ToneDeafMusical for some dank theatre memes, check out the patreon at https://www.patreon.com/tonedeafmusical and visit our website, tonedeafmusical.com! 
  2. K continues the discussion of the history of black theatre by covering a dark period of theatre history - minstrel shows, before going into some theatrical firsts for Black Americans. Learn about William Henry Lane (also known as Master Juba), a black man who got his start in minstrel shows before ultimately becoming the father of tap dance and find out about the African Grove Theatre: the first Black run theatre in America. Promo: Black History Buff Podcast Join the Cast Junkie discord and help support indie podcasts at https://discord.gg/napQ3Cb. Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebadger @ToneDeafMusical for some dank theatre memes, check out the patreon at https://www.patreon.com/tonedeafmusical and visit our website, tonedeafmusical.com! 
  3. In this episode, K and Warren discuss the amazing life of Ira Aldridge, alumni of the African Grove Theatre and an amazing tragic actor in his own right. Learn about Ira Aldridge's accomplishments on the stage and listen to Warren's recounting of the "One K Production" of Ira Aldridge's adaptation of The Black Doctor. Promo: Black History Buff Podcast Join the Cast Junkie discord and help support indie podcasts at https://discord.gg/napQ3Cb. Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebadger @ToneDeafMusical for some dank theatre memes, check out the patreon at https://www.patreon.com/tonedeafmusical and visit our website, tonedeafmusical.com! 
  4. Today, K and Warren talk about the incredible life of William Wells Brown and discuss the play Escape or  A Leap for Freedom. This is the debut of Warren's screaming pillow and it is well Warren-ted! Promo: A Ninth World Journal Join the Cast Junkie discord and help support indie podcasts at https://discord.gg/napQ3Cb. Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebadger @ToneDeafMusical for some dank theatre memes, check out the patreon at https://www.patreon.com/tonedeafmusical and visit our website, tonedeafmusical.com!   
  5. In this episode, K and Warren explore the early history of Black musicals. Learn about Bert Williams and George Walker, Will Marion Cook (or, as K read while reading their notes, Mill Warion Cook - K holds a bachelor's degree!), burlesque theatre, and more! Promo: Black Girls Do Stuff Too Join the Cast Junkie discord and help support indie podcasts at https://discord.gg/napQ3Cb. Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebadger @ToneDeafMusical for some dank theatre memes, check out the patreon at https://www.patreon.com/tonedeafmusical and visit our website, tonedeafmusical.com! 
  6. In this episode, K introduces Warren to historical pageants and Warren gets to witness the spectacular One K Production of Star of Ethiopia - a show that was normally performed by 300 - 1200 people! Learn a brief history about W E B Dubois and learn about this piece of theatre history that needs to come back in this episode of Tone Deaf! Promo: The Bird Brain Podcast Join the Cast Junkie discord and help support indie podcasts at https://discord.gg/napQ3Cb. Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebadger @ToneDeafMusical for some dank theatre memes, check out the patreon at https://www.patreon.com/tonedeafmusical and visit our website, tonedeafmusical.com! 
  7. Hoo boy, this one is a doozy, folks. In this episode, K and Warren cover Angelina Weld-Grimke and her play "Rachel. This episode is a short one because this one hit a lot harder than K intended it to. If you are able to find a copy of this play to read, we strongly recommend it. Promo: Witchever Path Join the Cast Junkie discord and help support indie podcasts at https://discord.gg/napQ3Cb. Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebadger @ToneDeafMusical for some dank theatre memes, check out the patreon at https://www.patreon.com/tonedeafmusical and visit our website, tonedeafmusical.com! 
  8. In this episode, K and Warren discuss the play that launched a genre - Ruth Ada Gaines-Shelton's Church Fight. It's a shorter episode this time (not a lot to cover for this one) but it's a nice bit of levity before we get into a little more difficult of a subject on Friday's episode! Promo: The Cut Join the Cast Junkie discord and help support indie podcasts at https://discord.gg/napQ3Cb. Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebadger @ToneDeafMusical for some dank theatre memes, check out the patreon at https://www.patreon.com/tonedeafmusical and visit our website, tonedeafmusical.com! 
  9. Today, K and Warren discuss the Tragic Mulatto Trope before covering Langston Hughes and one of his few tragic plays, Mulatto. This episode is heavy and longer than some of our other Black History Month episodes but K had a lot to say and, well, as Pomegranates and Pitchforks says - "It's Complicated." Promo: The Black Guy Who Tips Join the Cast Junkie discord and help support indie podcasts at https://discord.gg/napQ3Cb. Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebadger @ToneDeafMusical for some dank theatre memes, check out the patreon at https://www.patreon.com/tonedeafmusical and visit our website, tonedeafmusical.com!     
  10. In this episode, K and Warren cover an early black musical, Harlem is Heaven. K introduces Warren to Bojangles, A certain cartoon mouse threatens them, and the couple discusses whether or not this show was a hot sensation or a hot mess. Promo: Home Video Hustle Join the Cast Junkie discord and help support indie podcasts at https://discord.gg/napQ3Cb. Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebadger @ToneDeafMusical for some dank theatre memes, check out the patreon at https://www.patreon.com/tonedeafmusical and visit our website, tonedeafmusical.com! 
  11. K and Warren watch the film Stormy Weather and Warren has to decide ... does it live up to the hype? Will Warren's knees hurt just watching the flashy dance moves of Bill "Bojangles" Robinson and the Nicholas Brothers? Will Warren find out who TLC was? All this and more will be answered in this episode of Tone Deaf! Promo: Book of Lies Podcast Join the Cast Junkie discord and help support indie podcasts at https://discord.gg/napQ3Cb. Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebadger @ToneDeafMusical for some dank theatre memes, check out the patreon at https://www.patreon.com/tonedeafmusical and visit our website, tonedeafmusical.com! 
  12. Taking all bets!! K challenges Warren to a quiz to test his knowledge of what he has learned this Black History Month. Will Warren succeed in passing this test or will he be required to retake this part of the class? Tune in to the latest Tone Deaf to find out! Promo: Handcuffed Podcast Join the Cast Junkie discord and help support indie podcasts at https://discord.gg/napQ3Cb. Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebadger @ToneDeafMusical for some dank theatre memes, check out the patreon at https://www.patreon.com/tonedeafmusical and visit our website, tonedeafmusical.com! 

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