Theatre History Podcast # 19
Jeremy Morris on His New Play About Vaudeville Performer Bert Williams, The Top of Bravery
Bert Williams was one of the most important African-American performers in the history of the American stage. He became one of the first African-American superstars and starred in what was arguably the first African-American plays on Broadway. Now, actor and playwright Jeremy Morris is sharing Williams’s story in a new play, The Top of Bravery.
- Find out more about Jeremy’s play, The Top of Bravery.
- Explore the New York Public Library’s research collection on Williams, and search for images of him through their online portal.
- Listen to one of Bert Williams’s biggest hits, “Nobody” (a song about which he came to have decidedly mixed feelings).
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this is brilliant-- the realities of the era and so much is included. His life and success were occurring at the same time and likely previous to Chaplin's success as well. Jeremy has written a wonderful play I'm sure. I am in love with this era and August Wilson would support this if he were still here, so thank you for writing this. This interview is really intelligent and I love how it addresses social progress and the stage arts of this time