Settings Of Play - Sarah's room.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Interior Set, Unit Set/Multiple Settings, Bare Stage/Simple Set, Opportunity for Spectacle
Elaborate / High Volume Costumes
Intense Adult Themes
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.
"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.