Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes

Playwright


Biography


James Mercer Langston Hughes (February 1, 1902 – May 22, 1967) was an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist. He was one of the earliest innovators of the then-new literary art form called jazz poetry. Hughes is best known as a leader of the Harlem Renaissance. He famously wrote about the period that "the negro was in vogue", which was later paraphrased as "when Harlem was in vogue"...


Shows by Langston Hughes

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Synopsis

Black Nativity by Langston Hughes retells Christianity's famous nativity story with an entirely African-American cast. Traditionally the play has been performed in a gospel style, which includes Christmas carols. The birth of... read more

The show takes place in Paddy’s bar, whose customers are mostly African-American, hard working or jobless. 'Simple' has a wife awaiting an expensive divorce, a girlfriend awaiting a wedding ring, and an indefatigable weakness... read more


Tambourines To Glory is a musical play written in 1956. In 1958, Hughes turned the play into a novel. The story centers on two female preachers who open a storefront church in Harlem. They are both from the South. Much of the... read more

Overview

Nationality
American
Born
2/1/1902
Died
5/22/1967
Show Categories
Play, Musical
Genres
Drama

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