[Harlem, New York: New Lafayette Theatre, 1972]. Original broadside, screen-printed in colors on gold foil, 11" x 8-1/2". Faint old folds; slight wear to extremities, still complete and unfaded, Very Good or better and very scarce.
This fragile and rather striking theatrical broadside announces the premiere of Bullins' 1972 experimental production "The Psychic Pretenders," billed as "a Pageant of the Black Passion in Three Motions." Directed by Robert MacBeth, the play opened on Dec. 24th, 1971 and ran through March of 1972, receiving some positive notices in the New York press but running to rather mixed reviews overall, with several critics noting the spectacular but essentially plotless nature of the pageant.
The broadside is unsigned and unattributed, but very much in the style of Ademola Olugebefola, the noted visual artist who was a frequent collaborator with Bullins and was at this period Art Director of the New Lafayette Theatre. The design is in a vaguely Afro-futurist style, depicting a robotic face overlooking an African landscape, and is printed on a fragile foil-coated paper stock that must have proved extremely ephemeral, as we can find no other examples of the broadside in commerce. Not separately catalogued in OCLC, though a search of Emory's New Lafayette Theatre Collection turns up a possible match.