Overture: rites that render repairing: Suzan-Lori Parks' The America Play -- 1. Repetition/reproduction: the DNA of black expressive culture: Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun -- 2. Recuperating black diasporic history: W. E. B. Du Bois' The Star of Ethiopia -- 3. Re-enacting the Harlem Renaissance: Zora Neale Hurston's Color Struck -- 4. Resisting shame, offering praise and worship: Langston Hughes's Tambourines to Glory -- 5. Resisting death: the blues bravado of a ghost: James Baldwin's Blues for Mister Charlie -- 6. Rituals of repair: August Wilson's Joe Turner's Come and Gone -- 7. Reconstitution: Suzan-Lori Parks' Topdog/Underdog -- Epilogue: Black movements: Tarell Alvin McCraney's In the Red and Brown Water.