Charles Henry Fuller, Jr., was born in Philadelphia on March 5, 1939, the son of Charles Henry and Lillian (Anderson) Fuller. The son of a printer, Fuller was educated in Philadelphia, attended Villanova University, then served in the U.S. Army from 1959 to 1962. In 1962, he married Miriam A. Nesbitt, and they had two children, Charles III and David. He resumed his studies at LaSalle in Philadelphia from 1965 to 1967 and went on to become the cofounder and codirector of the Afro-American Arts Theatre in Philadelphia from 1967 to 1971. In 1982, LaSalle awarded him an honorary degree after the stage success of A Soldier’s Play (1981). Honorary degrees than followed in 1983 from Villanova University and in 1965 from Chestnut Hill College as Fuller became one of Philadelphia’s most famous writers. He was appointed professor of African-American studies at Temple University in Philadelphia.
Fuller’s plays began to appear during the late 1960’s. In 1968, his two-act play The Village: A Party was produced in Princeton, New Jersey, in October; in March of 1969 it was produced in New York City as The Perfect Party. In 1972, a collection of six of Fuller’s one-act plays was produced in New York City under the title In My Many Names and Days. Other plays that followed in 1974 included the one-act First Love, the two-act In the Deepest Part of Sleep, and the three-act The Candidate. In 1976, his...
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