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Tell Pharaoh

Loften Mitchell
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TELL PHARAOH is the story of Harlem, our nation's foremost black community.

Production Info

Cast: 4 total (2 female, 2 male)
Full Length Drama (about 90 minutes)
Minimal Set Requirements
Contemporary Costumes
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Press Quotes

“A masterpiece. Right on!” —Lloyd Strayhorn, Jr, New York Amsterdam News

“Mitchell reached his artistic heights as a dramatist in TELL PHARAOH, an eloquent ‘theater-at-the-lectern’ history of black people.” —Darwin T Turner, Contemporary Dramatists

About the Author


  • Loften Mitchell

    Loften Mitchell was an African-American playwright, librettist, and author. Mr. Mitchell was born in 1919 in Columbus, NC, and went to high school in the Bronx. He studied at City College of New York and graduated from Talladega College in Alabama. He studied playwriting with John Gassner at Columbia University. In 1958-59 he won the a Guggenheim Award for "creative writing in the drama." He received a Tony Award nomination for the book of the 1976 revue BUBBLING BROWN SUGAR. Mr. Mitchell was part of a groundswell of writers who contributed to the black American theatre movement in the 1960s. He chronicled the work of his colleagues by penning Black Drama, The Story of the American Negro in the Theatre, in 1967, and Voices of the Black Theatre. Beyond BUBBLING BROWN SUGAR, Mr. Mitchell wrote A LAND BEYOND THE RIVER (1957), perhaps his best known work, about a Southern desegregationist pastor. It was seen at the Greenwich Mews Theatre and then on tour. His playwriting debut came in 1946, with BLOOD IN THE NIGHT, at the 115th Street Library in New York. THE BANCROFT DYNASTY and THE CELLAR followed, both for the Harlem Showcase. The book for an Off-Broadway musical, BALLAD FOR BIMSHIRE (1963), followed. It was later revised and presented at the Karamu Theatre in Cleveland in 1964. Mr. Mitchell passed away at the age of 82 in 2001.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 4/1/1987
Pages 68
ISBN 9780881450484

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Special Notes

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Tell Pharaoh is produced
by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, NYC


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