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By Kathy A. Perkins

Modern performs by means of 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 via award-winning and famous playwrights corresponding to Anna Deavere Smith, Cherrie Moraga, Pearl Cleage, Marga Gomez and Spiderwoman, in addition to many interesting novices. modern performs through girls of colour is the 1st anthology to reveal such an abundance of expertise from this kind of wide selection of trendy ladies playwrights. The performs take on a number of themes - from the playful to the painful - and characterize quite a few diversified techniques to playmaking. the amount additionally comprises: * a useful appendix of released performs through ladies of colour * biographical notes on each one author * the creation background of every play modern performs by means of girls of colour is a special source for practitioners, scholars and fanatics of theatre, and an inspiring addition to any bookshelf.

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Although I do not personally condone it, violence is a form of… NARRATOR There, in the doorway… Kali in his black Warrior jacket. He moves towards Steven’s desk. He’s smiling. He lifts up Steven and wham! B. from Viet Nam. KALI He’s okay, I just like teach him—we take care of our own. (HAI Wails) KALI What’s wrong with her? (HAI Wails) KALI Wot da hell she saying? BRENDA Kali! Get out! Just get out! NARRATOR Later, I wait for Kali at his locker. As soon as I see that black Warrior jacket… BRENDA You big, stupid moron.

They call him Dreamer. Goodbye NARRATOR I get out of the car, slam the door, and I’m hit (pause) by the overwhelming fragrance of Aunti Mary’s rose garden. (Inhales, exhales) And I can breathe. MARY Brenda, Kali’s here, go inside. NARRATOR It’s Aunti Mary. Cutting her roses. I go into her parlor and’ there are all these men, old Westside Warriors with bellies hanging over their belts, young boys with hard faces drinking… smoking…knives…guns… Kali’s Army…waiting… I go into the bedroom… There’s Kali, fresh out of the shower, naked from the waist up.

Please don’t do me. No… Umh… Umhh… Ummh! (Pause) I’m all Pilau. Pilau. Smoke —(Glares) I wanna go home. Please let me go home… NARRATOR He starts to cry and I don’t know what to do so I hold him, and hold him… BRENDA Kali, I can’t hang anymore. You’ve got to figure this stuff out yourself cuz I don’t know what to do for you. I’m dying. You’ve got to go cuz I can’t handle—Just go! (Stares at light bulb) NARRATOR The next morning, I get up. I go to work. I come home. I take off my jacket… Kali’s gone.

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