Contemporary Plays by Women of Color: An Anthology by Kathy A. Perkins

By Kathy A. Perkins

Modern performs through girls of colour is a ground-breaking anthology of eighteen new and up to date works via African American, Asian American, Latina American and local American playwrights. This compelling assortment comprises works through award-winning and recognized playwrights resembling Anna Deavere Smith, Cherrie Moraga, Pearl Cleage, Marga Gomez and Spiderwoman, in addition to many interesting beginners. modern performs by way of girls of colour is the 1st anthology to show such an abundance of expertise from one of these wide selection of brand new girls playwrights. The performs take on a number of issues - from the playful to the painful - and symbolize quite a few diversified techniques to playmaking. the quantity additionally contains: * a useful appendix of released performs by way of ladies of colour * biographical notes on each one author * the construction heritage of every play modern performs by way of ladies of colour is a distinct source for practitioners, scholars and fans of theatre, and an inspiring addition to any bookshelf.

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Work in cut-offs, sandals. I was into acid. Now I’m dealing drugs! Hah! Hah! Hah! NARRATOR Bzzz, bzzz, bzzz. BUZZY Hey Dave, this is a place of business. So, tell the lovely wife to take her delicious banana bread, her adorable kids and go home. NARRATOR Buzz, Buzz, BUZZ. BUZZY Hey Dave—if they ain’t buyin, we’re dyin… Ah geez, not again! Get off the floor ya retard! MARY He no retard. Mike gid up. Dave, today Aunti Mary bring you her sweetest roses. Try smell! BUZZY NOOOOO! There you go again!

Remember Kali? He’s the guy who freaked ya out in High school. He gave me my first kiss. ” (Swsh! Opens closet door, looks) Thank you Sherry for the ole green satin! ‘And so on and so on and …” (Unlocks door) Well, how do I look? Do I look like a woman? HAI The most woman. NARRATOR And even though it’s evening, Hai makes us Vietnamese style coffee in two blue porcelain teacups. HAI For you Brenda, and one for me. (Pause) So, you want to be Vietnamese… BRENDA What? HAI If you end up with Kali you’ll be like the women back home… BRENDA Which is?

I don’t want to live like this. It’s not good for the baby. (LUZ gurgles) ROSIE I love Bullet. (LUZ gurgles) ROSIE I know he’s your daddy. (LUZ gurgles) ROSIE We’re family por vida. But he says he can’t live without his homeboys. They back each other up. He couldn’t survive without them. NARRATOR I’m thinkin’, “God, this could’a been me n’ Kali…” So I say… BRENDA Rosie, he’s a father now. He’s got to grow up. And you, you’re smart. You could be somebody. Tell Bullet. It’s you or his boys. He loves you.

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