This play contains mature language and situations.
Published with Cleansed.
- Winner! The American Theater Coop's National Playwriting Contest in 2005
Reviews"Perhaps your average night at the theater doesn't include screams of 'Nigger Monkey's' and 'Black skinned beasts!' but Thomas Bradshaw's does. The playwright-provocateur presents a wickedly shocking double bull that unapologetically flaunts racial conflict....Bradshaw doesn't deliver a normal night out, but his outrages are worth every second of discomfort." - Time Out New York
"Tom Bradshaw's most important contribution to society is snatching narrative and its elements back from the clutches of the ordinary" - Richard Maxwell, Playwright and Director
"Bradshaw has a positive genius for explosive imagery, putting biracial Lauraul in a Klan costume and penning a demonic parody of Martin Luther King's "I Have A Dream" speech for Strom Thurmond....Bradshaw has a deep dramatic and linguistic intelligence." - Village Voice
"These uncomfortably intense plays focus on racism in our society, from the Dixiecrats of the south to the confused generation of today.... The intensity that Bradshaw intended came through tenfold." - New York Cool
"Thomas Bradshaw is sometimes billed as a playwright/provocateur. In actuality, he is a playwright/academic.... The provocateur comes from the fact that he is a black author who often holds a blinding spotlight on the issues of race and black identity in this country. His work is characterized by an unflinching concentration on the fundamental effects of racism on black self worth.... Strom Thurmond is Not a Racist/Cleansed is a provocative, gripping, and unsettling evening." - New York City Onstage
- Intense Adult Themes
- Strong Language
- Minimum Fee: $75 per performance
- Time Period: New Millennium/21st Century, 1930s, 1920s, 1990s, 1980s, 1970s, 1960s, 1950s, 1940s / WWII
- Setting: The setting is South Carolina and Washington D.C.
STROM THURMOND - A Segregationist Politician
CARRIE BUTLER - The Thurmond Family's Black Maid
ESSIE MAE WASHINGTON WILLIAMS: Carrie & Strom's illegitimate biracial daughter
TRENT LOTT - A United States Senator
- Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
The play can be double cast so that only three actors are needed: One actor to play Strom Thurmond, One actress to play Carrie Butler and Essie Mae Washington Williams, and One actor to play Strom's Father, Trent Lott, Interviewer, and Aide.