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Black Theater

May 04, 1997

Henry Louis Gates Jr. could not have better defined today's black theater touring shows than as being "chitlin theater" ("Dramatically Different," by Emory Holmes II, April 27). As a recent graduate with a master's in African American studies/theater, I am highly disappointed that these productions are perpetuating stereotypical images of black life.

As an up-and-coming playwright and producer, I refuse to submit my talents to the simplicity of a mere laugh. African Americans need to realize that our stories should not be based around a buffoonish plot. The real movement begins when we, as theatrical artists, study and implement the philosophies of our predecessors into our present-day work.

GINA M. JACKSON

San Diego

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