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Say Brother; Another Approach to Theatre

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Say Brother
Another Approach to Theatre
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Series Description

Say Brother is WGBH's longest running public affairs television program by, for and about African Americans, and is now known as Basic Black. Since its inception in 1968, Say Brother has featured the voices of both locally and nationally known African American artists, athletes, performers, politicians, professionals, and writers including: Muhammad Ali, Maya Angelou, Thomas Atkins, Amiri Baraka, Doris Bunte, Julian Bond, Stokely Carmichael, Louis Farrakhan, Nikki Giovanni, Odetta Gordon, Henry Hampton, Benjamin Hooks, Jesse Jackson, Hubie Jones, Mel King, Eartha Kitt, Elma Lewis, Haki Madhubuti, Wallace D. Muhammad, Charles Ogletree, Babatunde Olatunji, Byron Rushing, Owusu Sadaukai, and Sonia Sanchez. Series release date: 7/15/1968

Program Description

Program focuses on three different African American theater productions. Host Barbara Barrow introduces the topic of Black theater and stage works Raisin (the Tony-Award-winning musical for 1974), The Black Dyad (about Black male and female relationships) and "Theatre in Reverse," a Say Brother theater piece with an in-studio vocal performance by Al Jarreau with dance performances (with the intent of drawing the audience's attention to sound and light, rather than to the performers). Program contains excerpts from each production, and an in-studio discussion with writers/directors Evelyn and Melvin Moore about the excerpt "The Date" from The Black Dyad, which was the only segment of the three aired on the program.

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Broadcast program

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Black Dyad, The (Theatrical production)
African American women
Anderson, Nia
African Americans in the performing arts
African American singers
Moore, Evelyn
African American theater
African American dance
African American musicians
Brown, Ann
Raisin (Theatrical production)
Welch, Robert
Moore, Melvin
Man-woman relationships
Sloan, Danny
Jarreau, Al
Race and Ethnicity
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Associate Producer)
Marita Rivero (Producer)
White, Conrad (Director)
Hill, Rebecca (Make Up)
Davis, Tony (Production Assistant)
Correia, Dennis (Engineer)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Director Program Segment)
Bundy, Kissette (Intern)
LeCain, Larry (Cameraman)
Allen, Lydia (Intern)
Handyside, Keith (Engineer)
Balhatchet, Tom (Engineer)
MacKnight, John (Studio Technician)
Sullivan, John L. (Studio Technician)
Hutton, David (Videotape Engineer)
Wareham, Skip (Studio Technician)
Fairweather, Bill (Engineer)
St. Onge, David (Videotape Engineer)
Buccheri, Ron (Switcher)
Shipley, Jack (Still Photography)
Smith, Kathy (Switcher)
Lane, Frank (Cameraman)
Wilson, Bob (Studio Technician)
Kenner, Sharon (Graphic Designer)
Spooner, Dighton (Researcher)
Clarke, Brian (Intern)
Simons, Fred (Videotape Engineer)
Plausse, John (Lighting Director)
Kane, Pat (Videotape Engineer)
MacDonald, Greg (Cameraman)
Norton, Chas (Lighting Director)
Crane, David (Videotape Engineer)
Cogell, Lloyd (Still Photography)
Cross, June (Production Assistant)
Chicago: “Say Brother; Another Approach to Theatre,” 03/09/1976, GBH Archives, accessed January 18, 2022,
MLA: “Say Brother; Another Approach to Theatre.” 03/09/1976. GBH Archives. Web. January 18, 2022. <>.
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