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Cleansed - Full Length Play, Drama

Cleansed

Thomas Bradshaw

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Full Length Play, Drama

4m, 4f

ISBN: 9780573650055

"Perhaps your average night at the theater doesn't include screams of 'Nigger Monkey's' and 'Black skinned beasts!' but Thomas Bradshaw's does. The playwright-provocateur presents a wickedly shocking double bull that unapologetically flaunts racial c…"

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: Strom Thurmond is Not a Racist (Thomas Bradshaw)

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Full Length Play

Drama

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A new play about a black doctor, his white wife, and the challenges their mixed-race daughter faces growing up in a white-bread Indiana town. From being taunted by Skinheads to becoming a Skinhead, Cleansed explores the underbelly of racial identification in America. Sometimes the hate you have for yourself overwhelms anything anybody else could feel for you.

Published with Strom Thurmond is Not a Racist.

"Perhaps your average night at the theater doesn't include screams of 'Nigger Monkey's' and 'Black skinned beasts!' but Thomas Bradshaw's does. The playwright-provocateur presents a wickedly shocking double bull that unapologetically flaunts racial conflict...Bradshaw doesn't deliver a normal night out, but his outrages are worth every second of discomfort." - Time Out New York

"Tom Bradshaw's most important contribution to society is snatching narrative and its elements back from the clutches of the ordinary" - Richard Maxwell, Playwright and Director

"Bradshaw has a positive genius for explosive imagery, putting biracial Lauraul in a Klan costume and penning a demonic parody of Martin Luther King's "I Have A Dream" speech for Strom Thurmond...Bradshaw has a deep dramatic and linguistic intelligence." - Village Voice

"These uncomfortably intense plays focus on racism in our society, from the Dixiecrats of the south to the confused generation of today... The intensity that Bradshaw intended came through tenfold." — New York Cool

"Thomas Bradshaw is sometimes billed as a playwright/provocateur. In actuality, he is a playwright/academic... The provocateur comes from the fact that he is a black author who often holds a blinding spotlight on the issues of race and black identity in this country. His work is characterized by an unflinching concentration on the fundamental effects of racism on black self worth...Strom Thurmond Is Not A Racist/Cleansed is a provocative, gripping, and unsettling evening." - New York City Onstage

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4m, 4f

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Thomas Bradshaw

Thomas Bradshaw

Thomas Bradshaw's plays have been produced at regional theaters, in NYC as as well as in Europe. In 2012, the Flea Theater successfully produced his play Job and in 2011, his play Burning ran to rave reviews at the New Group/NYC and the Goodman Theater produced his play Mary, which they had previously commissioned. His play The Bereaved, produced by Partial Comfort, was named one of the Best Plays ... view full profile

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Milo Cramer 4/19/2013 7:30 PM
CLEANSED by Thomas Bradshaw is a devastating little play. We follow a mixed race teenager in rural Indiana as she transforms from a victim of discrimination to a self-hating white supremacist. Lines include “You fucking half-man half-monkey nigger mutt,” and “The white man’s dick feels so good.”

Characters are instantly legible– the good doctor father, the bad punk skinhead, the desperate best-friendship of two high school misfits. The characters speak simply and directly – they seem almost aware that they are plot vehicles. Grandmother says, “your grandfather was a grand wizard in the clan before he got sick. This is the hood he wore.” To which our protagonist responds, “This is the most Beautiful thing I’ve ever seen.” Other playwrights would take more time hashing this reveal out, but Bradshaw spends just two lines on it before moving on to the next event.

Similarly, most scenes are three pages or less. The play’s extreme economy of storytelling injects an ancient form (naturalistic, linear drama) with new danger. It’s as if Bradshaw is writing in short hand – Klu Klux Klan, check; pre-teen marijuana use, check; janitor closet sex; check. His brevity uncomfortably reveals how familiar We The Audience already are with racism, self-hate and terror. The result is a scary-powerful twenty-six page play.

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