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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Buies Creek in Harnett County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)

Paul Eliot Green


Paul Eliot Green Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Robert Cole, June 6, 2010
1. Paul Eliot Green Marker
Inscription.  Birthplace of the dramatist, novelist, teacher and humanitarian is situated 2.1 miles north. Awarded Pulitzer Prize 1927. Originator of the Symphonic Drama, of which he wrote 16, including "The Lost Colony." Lifelong champion of racial equality, and implacable foe of militarism and capital punishment. Was North Carolina's Dramatist Laureate.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicCivil RightsEducationEntertainment. A significant historical year for this entry is 1927.
Location. 35° 24.459′ N, 78° 45.146′ W. Marker is in Buies Creek, North Carolina, in Harnett County. Marker is at the intersection of East Cornelius Harnett Boulevard (U.S. 421) and Johnson Farm Road on East Cornelius Harnett Boulevard. Marker is at the edge of the tree line, northwest corner of Hwy 421 and Johnson Farm Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3825 US 421, Buies Creek NC 27506, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Campbell House (within shouting distance of this marker); Campbell University (approx. ¾ mile away); Cornelius Harnett
Paul Eliot Green Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Robert Cole, June 6, 2010
2. Paul Eliot Green Marker
Westward view of marker along Cornelius Harnett Blvd (U.S. Hwy 421).
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(approx. 3.3 miles away); Harnett County Veterans Memorial (approx. 3.4 miles away); Alexander Lillington (approx. 3.6 miles away); Robert B. Morgan (approx. 3.6 miles away); Alton Stewart (approx. 4½ miles away); Smiley's Falls (approx. 7.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Buies Creek.
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia: Paul Green, Playwright. (Submitted on June 7, 2010, by Cleo Robertson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.)
2. Paul Green: Dramatist, Teacher, Humanist (1894-1981). (Submitted on June 7, 2010, by Cleo Robertson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.)
3. Documenting the American South: Paul Eliot Green. (Submitted on June 7, 2010, by Cleo Robertson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.)
4. Internet Broadway Database: Paul Green, Writer, Lyricist. Listing of productions by Paul Green (Submitted on June 7, 2010, by Cleo Robertson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.) 
Additional commentary.
1. Paul Eliot Green
Paul Eliot Green (17 March 1894 - 4 May 1981) was an American playwright best known for his depictions of life in North Carolina during the first decades of
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Photographed By Fred Palumbo, World Telegram staff photographer, 1941
3. Paul Eliot Green
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright (1941)
the twentieth century. He received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his 1927 play, In Abraham's Bosom.

Born in Harnett County, near Lillington, N.C., Green was educated at Buies Creek Academy (known today as Campbell University). He went on to study at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he joined The Dialectic and Philanthropic Societies. Green also studied at Cornell University.

Green first attracted attention with his 1925 one-act play The No 'Count Boy which was produced by the New York Theatre Club. The next year his full-length play In Abraham's Bosom was produced by the Provincetown Players and received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The play was considered remarkable for its depiction of African Americans in the South. Its hero, a man of mixed racial ancestry, finds his idealistic attempts to better the lives of the African Americans around him doomed to failure. With this success, Green quickly was recognized as one of the leading regional voices in the American theatre. His plays were often compared with the folk plays of Irish playwright John Millington Synge.

Green's tragedy of the decline of an old Southern family, The House of Connelly was chosen by the newly formed Group Theatre for its inaugural production. Often compared to Anton Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard in its contrast of aristocratic decay and parvenu energy, The
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4. Paul Green, Dramatist, Teacher, Humanist
Author Paul Green (1894-1981) was one of the South’s most revered writers, and one of America’s most distinguished. The first playwright from the South to gain national and international recognition, he was part of that remarkable generation of writers who first brought southern writing to the attention of the world.
House of Connelly was praised by critic Joseph Wood Krutch as Green's finest play to date.

But Green had already begun to move away from the realistic style of his early work. In 1928-29 he traveled to Europe on a Guggenheim Fellowship and was impressed by the non-realistic productions that he saw there. He began to experiment with expressionism and the Epic theatre of Bertolt Brecht and Erwin Piscator. In the 1930s Green largely abandoned the New York theatre, whose commercialism he found distasteful. His experiments in non-realistic drama, Tread the Green Grass (1932) and Shroud My Body Down (1934) both premiered in Chapel Hill, and never were professionally produced in New York.

In 1936, Green returned to the Group Theatre with his pacifist musical play, Johnny Johnson, with a score by Kurt Weill. In it, Green experimented with genre, writing the first act as a comedy, the second as a tragedy, and the third as a satire. The production encountered problems of style early on: set designer Donald Oenslager designed the first act in poetic realism, the second in expressionism, and the final act in an extremely distorted style, director Lee Strasberg wanted to stage it realistically, and others in the company wanted it to be staged expressionistically throughout. Reviews ranged from the enthusiastic to the dismissive, and it ran for sixty-eight performances.

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created a new dramatic form that he called symphonic drama. Inspired by historical events, it incorporated music and pageantry, usually for outdoor performance. His first experiment in this form was Roll Sweet Chariot (1934), which ran for a scant four performances on Broadway. Much more warmly received was the first and most famous of his outdoor symphonic dramas, The Lost Colony (1937) which is still played during the summer in an outdoor theater at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site near Manteo, North Carolina. The Lost Colony is the oldest outdoor historical drama in the United States. Among Green's other outdoor symphonic dramas are Faith of Our Fathers, Wilderness Road, The Lone Star, The Founders, Trumpet in the Land, which tells the story of the American massacre of Native American Moravians in Gnadenhutten, Ohio, during the American Revolution, and The Stephen Foster Story which continues to be played each summer in Bardstown, Kentucky. The little one-room house where he did much of his writing can be seen at the North Carolina Botanical Garden in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Green's output was not only confined to plays. He penned the screenplay for the 1932 film The Cabin in the Cotton and also wrote extensively on the subject of his beloved North Carolina. He helped Richard Wright adapt his novel Native Son to the stage in 1940. He also was a founder of the
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North Carolina Symphony Orchestra and the Institute for Outdoor Drama. He served UNESCO travelling around the world to lecture on human rights and drama. Green served as a professor of drama at UNC until his death in 1981.
    — Submitted June 12, 2010, by Cleo Robertson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 7, 2010, by Cleo Robertson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This page has been viewed 1,218 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 7, 2010, by Cleo Robertson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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