Time Period - 1930s, American Civil War Era, 19th Century
Settings Of Play - A slavery auction block
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Bare Stage/Simple Set
Strong Language, Mild Adult Themes
High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Professional Theatre, Reader's Theatre
RECOGNITION / AWARDS
KCACTF: Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival New Play
WINNER! 2002 KCACTF John Cauble Short Play Award!
In the 1930's, the Federal Writer's Project of the Works Progress Administration, under the order of President Roosevelt, devoted itself to interviewing former slaves who were then in their eighties, nineties and even older. These are some of their first hand narratives, each vividly describing the painful but sometimes humorous lives of men and women who endured slavery. The stories, together with a selection of traditional African-American spirituals, arouse pathos and admiration for these brave souls.
Slavery premiered at Santa Monica College in November 2001 under the direction of Jonathan Payne.