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Theatrical and Performance Writing

Mother Hubbard performance flier

Hubba City, spiral-bound typescript, 1988, 83 pp.
Ishmael Reed completed this play about the effects of the drug trade upon the citizens of "Hubba City," and it has had a number of well-received productions.

Playbill from the original production of Hubba City.
Commissioned and performed by the Black Repertory Group on December 29, 1988 in Berkeley, California.

Hell Hath No Fury, typescript, [n.d.], 75 pp.
This is an early typescript, with Ishmael Reed's corrections, of the play which was produced under the title of Mother Hubbard

Announcement for a staged reading of Mother Hubbard in San Francisco at the Julian Theatre in the early 1980s.

Personal Problems

Personal Problems was the title of a soap opera conceived, written, and produced by Ishmael Reed in collaboration with Steve Cannon and others for radio and eventually for television in the late 1970s-1980s.  The show provided a glimpse into African American life that was far different from that seen in such mainstream shows as The Jeffersons and The Cosby Show.  The show represents a collaborative effort by African American writers, actors, and crew and Reed characterized the process as a people's forum in which all points of view, not just the view of one writer, were represented.


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