JOSEPH MYDELL as PAUL LAURENCE DUNBAR
"Lyrics of the Hearthside"
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(Dunbar the Performer)
The Fourth of July
There will be one 15 minute Intermission
(Dunbar the Man)
On Emancipation Day
Travels - Chicago
Alice Ruth Moore
Travels - London
Travels - Washington, DC
Marriage - New York
Death,1906 - Dayton, Ohio
Joseph Mydell as Paul Laurence Dunbar puts the poems, prose and songs of Dunbar together in an eveing of highly dramatic impersonation: Dunbar alive. Dunbar on stage. Dunbar performing his own works as he did so often thoughout America.
After careful research Joseph has brought together Dunbar's works in dialect and standard English, including letters that are not only brilliantly entertaining but reveal the human, often angry and proud soul of Paul Laurence Dunbar.
PAUL LAURENCE DUNBAR BIOGRAPHY
Paul Laurence Dunbar was born in 1872 in Dayton, Ohio. Thirty four years later after his travels, fame and a broken marriage he was to die of consumption in his home town.
Among his classmates were the Wright brothers of aviation fame, Orville Wright was a printer and assisted Dunbar in publishing one of the first black newspapers in America.
Later, Dunbar published his first book of poetry which came to the attention of American dean of letters William Dean Howells, who said "Dunbar was the only man of pure African blood and of American civilization to feel the Negro life aesthetically and express it lyrically."
Success followed and Dunbar became the foremost black writer of the nineteenth century publishing four volumes of poems, four novels, various prose works and lyrics to many popular songs.
Dunbar's manager, who also handled Mark Twain, brought him to Britain in 1897 where he performed his work to enthusiastic audiences.
He collaborated with British composer Samuel Coleridge Taylor on a song cycle and an operetta. He wrote the lyrics for the Broadway show In Dahomey which came to London's Shaftesbury Theatre and later had a command performance at Buckingham Palace.
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