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Joseph Bradford (playwright)

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Pen name  Jay Bee
Name  Joseph Bradford
Notable work(s)  Out of Bondage
Role  American playwright
Died  1886, Boston, Massachusetts, United States

White Bostonian Joseph Bradford (1843-1886) was an American playwright who most famously helped write a landmark production, Out of Bondage, the first African American musical comedy, with Pauline Hopkins and the Hyers Sisters, debuting in 1876. The production featured Sam Lucas, a famous minstrel performer of the era.

Bradford was also an actor, poet and journalist. He wrote for the Boston Courier as "Jay Bee".


  • New German (1872)
  • Law in New York (1873)
  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1874) Libretto
  • The Conditional Pardon (1875)
  • Fritz's Brother (1875)
  • Out of Bondage (1876)
  • In and Out of Bondage (1877)
  • Our Bachelors (1877) OCLC 44017470
  • A.A. 1900 (1879)
  • John Mishler (1882)
  • One of the Finest (1883)
  • A Wonderful Woman (1883)
  • Cherubs (1885)
  • Rose and Coe (1886)
  • References

    Joseph Bradford (playwright) Wikipedia

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