J. E. Robinson

J. E. Robinson

An award-winning essayist and fiction writer, J. E. Robinson's plays have appeared in Alaska, in Louisville, Kentucky, in Saint Louis, and Off-Off-Broadway. They have been honored by the Downtown Urban Theater Festival, by Shakespeare in the 'Burg, and by the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival. He was graduated from Howard University and from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and is a...
An award-winning essayist and fiction writer, J. E. Robinson's plays have appeared in Alaska, in Louisville, Kentucky, in Saint Louis, and Off-Off-Broadway. They have been honored by the Downtown Urban Theater Festival, by Shakespeare in the 'Burg, and by the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival. He was graduated from Howard University and from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and is a professor of history at the Saint Louis College of Pharmacy.

Plays

  • Anita
    In the jazz world of 1950s New York City, not everyone wants to hear the truth. A singer, Anita certainly does not. But her friends care about her more than she can imagine, and what they say surpasses the gig Anita came in seeking.
  • Groove
    Actors from Central Negro Casting meet Playwright, a la Pirandello
  • Spades
    After a stint as a Hollywood screenwriter, Wallace Thurman returns to Harlem as a desolate man. His friend Bruce Nugent wants to know "why?"
  • The Strong Man
    Decades ago, at the head of his gang, Pearl Crabtree was strong enough to kill any man. Is he now strong enough to kill one of his own?
  • Fleshtones
    In National City, Illinois, 1970, the State of Illinois is determined to have the Giddings' home for a new highway, Hollis Giddings is determined to go the her future in Chicago, Sister Giddings is determined to have a new washing machine and an automatic dryer, gas, and Brother Giddings is determined to have peace in his home. Something has got to give, and everyone is determined that it gives their way.
  • Mother Ashante Gathers the War Clouds for Her Children
    A retelling of the story of Cain and Abel, in the context of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade,
    Mother Ashante loses her children, thanks to her sister’s trickery, then regains
    family, through selflessness.

  • May 1934, a two-part play
    The first part, "Spades," features Wallace Thurman's return to Harlem as a dissolute man, questioned by his friend Bruce Nugent for his reasons for abandoning Hollywood for death; in the second part, "The Strong Man," Pearl Crabtree comes to grips with a request to do one last job, this time the murder of his friend Victor.**Both initially appeared in the Downtown Urban Theatre/Arts Festival as individual plays.