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Slave, The - Short Play, Drama

Slave, The

LeRoi Jones

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Short Play, Drama

2m, 1f

ISBN: 9780688210847

An examination of tension between blacks and whites in contemporary America, The Slave is the story of a visit by African American Walker Vessles to the home of Grace, his white ex-wife, and Easley, her white husband. Baraka points up the black man’s low status in American society but also stresses that he is victimized and enslaved by his own hatred and is thus unable to effect social change.

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Description

Short Play

Drama

75 Minutes

FEATURES / CONTAINS

No intermission

Interior Set

CAUTIONS

Strong Language

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Another of LeRoi Jones' (aka Amiri Baraka's) Off Broadway shockers, this play occurs in a time of great conflagration, when the Blacks have risen up to bomb and burn the civilization of White America. Into a professor's house comes Walker Vessles, an African American man with a pistol. Walker is the ex-husband of Grace, the professor's wife, and the father of the two bi-racial daughters who live in this white household. Though he intends to kill Grace and her husband, and reclaim his daughters, he fails when the entire family is killed when their house collapses. 
"What resonates here... is the sense that entrenchment and political corruption are timeless." - Philly Stage


Premiered at St. Marks Playhouse in 1964. 
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CASTING

2m, 1f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

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

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

WALKER VESSELS - An African American Poet
GRACE - His white ex-whife
EASLEY - Grace's current husband. A white professor. 
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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Author
LeRoi Jones

LeRoi Jones

LeRoi Jones (aka Amiri Baraka) is a poet, writer, political activist and teacher. He was born in 1934, in Newark, New Jersey. He graduated from Howard University in 1953, and published his first major book of poetry, Preface to a Twenty Volume Suicide Note, in 1961. He founded Totem Press in 1958, which first published works by Kerouac, Ginsberg and other lesser-known writers of the time period ... view full profile

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