'In Abraham's Bosom' Recounts Life In Jim Crow South

Mar 30, 2016

'In Abraham's Bosom' debuted in New York City in 1926. It achieved a Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1927.
Credit Paul Green Foundation

In 1926, North Carolina playwright Paul Green helped introduce on stage realistic depictions of life for African Americans. With his Pulitzer Prize-winning play "In Abraham's Bosom," Green told the story of Abraham McCranie, a black man who wanted to educate black children in the American South.

The play was never produced in the South, but a staged reading at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill brings Green's work back home. The event is a part of a statewide celebration of the Pulitzer Prize's 100th anniversary called Pulitzer NC: The Power of Words.

Host Frank Stasio talks with Laurence Avery, co-organizer of the event; Reginald Hildebrand, professor of African American studies and History at UNC-Chapel Hill; and Thomasi McDonald, an actor in the production, about the award-winning play's origins.

The staged reading takes place Monday, April 4 at 7 p.m. at the Paul Green Theatre in Chapel Hill.