Lynn Nottage’s Crumbs from the Table of Joy premiered in 1995, but the
play is set in Brooklyn, New York in 1950. For this assignment you will do research
on the historical period in which Crumbs from the Table of Joy takes place in order to
create a deeper understanding of the given circumstances that shape and affect the
characters. Historical research is just one kind of research dramaturgs, directors,
designers, and actors do on plays to create a fuller more nuanced understanding of
the world of the play.
Write a 500―550wordessay that presents your research and demonstrates how this
information applies to and deepens your understanding of the given circumstances of the
world of the play. Provide two specific examples from the play that illustrate and analyze
how and why these particular given circumstances directly inform or affect the
behavior/actions of a character.