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Sleep Deprivation Chamber - Full Length Play

Sleep Deprivation Chamber

Adrienne Kennedy, Adam P. Kennedy

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9m, 3f

ISBN: 9780822218128

In this autobiographical drama, a broken taillight leads to the brutal…

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In this autobiographical drama, a broken taillight leads to the brutal beating of a highly educated, middle-class black man by a policeman in suburban Virginia. The Kennedys interweave the trial of the victimized son (accused of assaulting the offending officer) with the mother's poignant letters in his defense and her remembrances of growing up in the 1940s, when her parents were striving "to make Cleveland a better place for Negroes." They have created a gripping examination of the conflicting realities of the black experience in twentieth-century America.
"In SLEEP DEPRIVATION CHAMBER, which Ms. Kennedy wrote with her son, Adam, the location of what the author once called the 'funnyhouse of a Negro' has shifted from a haunted interior landscape to a world that is crushingly real…This is the stuff of nightmares from which a person can never wake up completely." —NY Times.


9m, 3f


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Adrienne Kennedy

Adrienne Kennedy

Adrienne Kennedy continues to influence the world through her art. She was the recipient of the 2003 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards, an Obie Award for Lifetime Achievement Award, the Lila Wallace—Reader's Digest Writers' Award and the American Academy of Arts and Letters in Literature Award. She was also granted a Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Writing, awarded ... view full profile

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