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High Yello Rose and Other Texas Plays book coverHigh Yello Rose and Other Texas Plays

by Sterling Houston

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Paperback with French flaps, 264 pages

Edited by Sandra M. Mayo, Ph.D.

Dr. Mayo holds degrees from Syracuse University, Buffalo State, and the State University at Buffalo. She is currently the Director of Multicultural and Gender Studies and Associate Professor of Theatre at Texas State University-San Marcos. Her publications include editing and writing the introduction to Myth, Magic, and Farce: Four Multicultural Plays by Sterling Houston, published by the University of North Texas Press in 2005.

High Yello Rose and Other Texas Plays highlights Sterling Houston's lifetime (1945-2006), but also goes back over 100 years to the fight for Texas and the early years of the 19th and 20th century in San Antonio — the Alamo City. High Yello Rose takes us back to 1835-36 in the midst of the salient events of the Texas Revolution. Living Graves starts in the early years of the 21st century but reflects back to the early 1800s in developing San Antonio. Miss Bowden's Dream starts at the turn of the century in 1902 when Miss Artemesia Bowden began academic leadership of St. Philip's Episcopal School and moves forward in time to the 1940s when St. Philip's joins the Alamo Community College District. Cameoland and Driving Wheel turn to the post world war years of the 1940s, while Black Lily and White Lily highlights the pre-civil rights era of the 1950s. La Frontera brings to the fore the post-segregation, post civil rights era of the 1990s.

Over these seven plays—farce, domestic tragedy, domestic magical realism, and musical docudramas, Sterling Houston becomes, as one reviewer called him, a "story teller/history teller." The body of Houston's work shows him as first and foremost a postmodern avant-garde satirist influenced by the eclectic, technical pastiche, anything-goes, rebellious and extravagant flare of artists working in America and abroad from the 1960s to the present.

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