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Breath, Boom - Full Length Play

Breath, Boom

Kia Corthron

Full Length Play

1m, 9f

ISBN: 9780822218494

Fourteen years in the life of Prix, a Bronx native, from her ruthless …

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Fourteen years in the life of Prix, a Bronx native, from her ruthless girl-gang leadership at sixteen through her coming to maturity at thirty. But children do not become violent in a vacuum: As a small child Prix was raped by her mother's longtime lover—being with the family on and off from the time Prix was two until sixteen—while her mother lived in a blind denial world. Amidst all the brutality Prix is still a kid with her own dreams and delights: fireworks. In the course of the play Prix is locked in teen jail with a lonely outcast, and later in a women's facility with a white woman who thinks she's black Prix comes to face old demons: conversations with the mother's lover, long dead; a chance meeting with a woman who has spent her adult life in a wheelchair because of a confrontation with Prix in their teens; at twenty-eight, an old woman by gang standards, being on the other side of punishment by the fourteen-year-old daughter of a "sister" Prix used to kick around; and ultimately coming to terms with the mother Prix hasn't seen in thirteen years.
"Ms. Corthron has created a vivid world, believable and eye-opening, a place worthy of a dramatic visit, where no one would want to live but many have to." —NY Times. "…rich with humor, terse vernacular strength and gritty detail…" —Variety.


1m, 9f

Kia Corthron

Kia Corthron

Kia Corthron's A Cool Dip in the Barren Saharan Crick premiered at Playwrights Horizons in spring 2010. Other plays include Moot the Messenger (Actors Theatre of Louisville's Humana Festival), Light Raise the Roof (New York Theatre Workshop), Snapshot Silhouette (Minneapolis' Children's Theatre), Slide Glide the Slippery Slope (Humana, Mark Taper Forum), The Venus de Milo Is Armed (Alabama ... view full profile

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