Slavery

by  Jonathan Payne

Short Play, Drama  /  3m, 4f

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.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 4f
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Docudrama/Historic
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    KCACTF: Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival New Play
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

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.
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Accolades

  • WINNER! 2002 KCACTF John Cauble Short Play Award!

Keywords

Black issues

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Professional Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre

Cautions

  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

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  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

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Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1930s, American Civil War Era, 19th Century
  • Setting: A slavery auction block
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Casting

3m, 4f
SUSAN SNOW
WLBOST
DELICIA PATTERSON
MITTIE ARMSTRONG
MORRIS SHEPPARD
FRANK BELL
MARY A. BELL
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Cast Attributes

  • Role(s) for Black Actor(s)

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Authors

Jonathan Payne

Jonathan Payne's work has been produced and developed at the Tristan Bates Theatre (UK), Ars Nova, Fringe Festival NYC, The Bushwick Star, and the Fire This Time Festival. He was a proud fellow at New Dramatists, Playwrights Realm and The Dramatist Guild, as well as an Ars Nova Play Group member 2014-15. Awards include ...

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Slavery premiered at Santa Monica College in November 2001 under the direction of Jonathan Payne.

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