Winner of the Governor General's Award for Drama. Winner of the Chalmers Play Award. A rhapsodic blues tragedy. Harlem Duet could be the prelude to Shakepeare's Othello, and recounts the tale of Othello and his first wife Billie (yes, before Desdemona). Set in contemporary Harlem at the corner of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X boulevards, the play explores the space where race and sex intersect. Harlem Duet is Billie's story.
From Governor General’s Award-winning playwright Djanet Sears comes a beautiful and deeply moving story set in present-day Negro Creek, a 200-year-old Black community. Rainey Baldwin-Johnson, a country doctor, struggles to come to terms with the loss of her daughter, the disintergration of her marriage and an eccentric elderly father on an astonishing crusade.
The plays in this anthology pit individual against community and cause readers to rethink the associations placed on skin color, language, and assumptions regarding someone's past. Includes Afrika Solo by Djanet Sears, Come Good Rain by George Seremba, and Je me souviens by Lorena Gale.