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Black Girl (1972 film)

Black Girl
Written by J. E. Franklin
Date premiered June 17, 1971
Place premiered Theatre de Lys
New York City
Original language English
Genre Drama
IOBDB profile

Black Girl is a play by American playwright J. E. Franklin. It was first produced on public television in 1969, followed by an off-Broadway production in 1971. It was later adapted by the playwright as a feature film that was released the following year.


Mama Rosie
Billie Jean
Ruth Ann
Little Earl
Mr. Herbert

Plot synopsis

A family drama about a young woman who defies the low expectations thrust upon her and pursues her dream of becoming a dancer.

Television production

Produced by WGBH, Boston in 1969.[1]

Original Off-Broadway production


  • Arthur French - Earl
  • Minnie Gentry - Mu'Dear
  • Saundra P. Sharp - Netta
  • Louise Stubbs - Mama Rosie
  • Kishasha - Billie Jean
  • Gloria Edwards - Norma
  • Loretta Greene - Ruth Ann
  • Stacey Durant] - Sheryl
  • Troy Warren - Little Earl
  • Jimmy Hayeson - Mr. Herbert

Feature film production

  • Directed by Ossie Davis
  • Producer: Lee Savin
  • Executive Producer: Robert Greenberg
  • Distributed by Cinerama Releasing Corporation
  • Opened: November 9, 1972 in New York City[4]


Other productions

The New Federal Theatre produced a revival of the play during their 1995-96 season. This production was staged by Anderson Johnson.[3]

On Thursday, May 21, 2009 Black Girl was presented by Legros Cultural Arts in New York City.[5]


External links

  • Salisbury Post review of play
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