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#BlackHistoryFact for October 24: Langston Hughes play “Mulatto” makes history

Author Langston Hughes’ Broadway play “Mulatto” opens. It opened at the Vanderbilt Theater in New York City. It ran from October 24, 1935 until September 12, 1936. A total number of 373 performances happened for the play. It was the first play authored by a black person that became a long-running broadway hit.

The play was written in 1930. It focused on father-son conflict, the power of class and whiteness, the legacy of slavery which are issues that have found residence in most of Hughes’ work. The broadway “Mulatto” was altered by producer Martin Jones. No text from the play “Mulatto” has surfaced.

Source: “Mulatto” – Experiencing History

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