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Funnyhouse of a Negro - Short Play, Drama

Funnyhouse of a Negro

Adrienne Kennedy

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Short Play, Drama

3m, 5f

ISBN: 9780573621666

Funnyhouse of a Negro primarily deals with the theme of racial identity, touching on elements of mixed ancestry, as seen through the four manifestations of Sarah's self.

Winner - 1964 Obie Award, Distinguished Play
Winner - 2008 Obie Award, Lifetime Achievement


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Description

Short Play

Drama

Experimental

40 minutes

Settings Of Play - Sarah's room.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

No intermission

Interior Set, Unit Set/Multiple Settings, Bare Stage/Simple Set, Opportunity for Spectacle

Elaborate / High Volume Costumes

CAUTIONS

Intense Adult Themes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Reader's Theatre, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

Obie, From Off-Broadway

Winner! 1964 Obie Award, Distinguished Play
Winner! 2008 Obie Award, Lifetime Achievement
Funnyhouse of a Negro is a modern classic about the student Sarah, a young black woman living in New York City, and her search for her identity in a very complex, warring, and fractured world. This search is manifested in her many selves: Queen Victoria, the Duchess of Hapsburg, Patrice Lumumba, and Jesus Christ. Performed by colleges worldwide, this landmark play speaks to students trying to find a place in the world.


REVIEWS

"Funnyhouse of a Negro, Adrienne Kennedy's 1964 one-act play set, essentially, inside the head of a disturbed young black woman named Sarah, catches perfectly that moment in time when the struggle could have gone either way: black identity might have been erased, or it might have reasserted itself." - The New York Times, Read More

"I bet you won’t see anything so fearlessly weird and original all year. I don’t know if Beyoncé is familiar with Kennedy’s work, but Funnyhouse plays like a hard-core retort to the self-empowerment poetics of Lemonade. That Funnyhouse came half a century earlier hardly even matters." - TimeOut New York, Read More 

"It was so thrilling for me to experience the lyrical dialogue of Adrienne Kennedy, whom I’d known only through reading." - Ben Brantley, The New York Times


Check out these photos from the Signature Theatre's production of Funnyhouse of a Negro in May 2016.


Funnyhouse of a Negro was first presented Off Broadway at the East End Theater in New York City on January 14, 1964.

Characters

CASTING

3m, 5f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Multicultural casting, Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

NEGRO-SARAH
DUCHESS OF HAPSBURG - one of her selves
QUEEN VICTORIA REGINA - one of her selves
JESUS - one of her selves
PATRICE LUMUMBA - one of her selves
SARAH'S LANDLADY - Funnyhouse lady
RAYMOND - Funnyhouse man
THE MOTHER

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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Author
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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