The First Breeze of Summer

by  Leslie Lee

Full Length Play, Drama  /  8m, 6f

"The people emerge as richly complex human beings... Storytelling with a passion ... [that has] all the old fashioned virtues." - The New York Times

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The First Breeze of Summer

by  Leslie Lee

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    8m, 6f

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This striking story of a middle class Black family in a small Northeastern city is told on two levels: events that transpire on one hot June weekend and flashbacks to the memories of the visiting grandmother as a young woman. She recalls the three men, two black and one white, who are the fathers of her three children. A resourceful woman, she feels some regrets, no shame and feels she has had a useful life. Lou, an oversensitive boy who is about to graduate from high school, worships the grandmother. The resolution of his problems and his acceptance of his sexuality and blackness form the backbone of the play.
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"The people emerge as richly complex human beings... Storytelling with a passion ... [that has] all the old fashioned virtues." - The New York Times

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  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

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  • Setting: Contemporary. A small city in the Northeast.

Casting

8m, 6f

GREMMAR - Milton and Edna's mother, in her 70s
NATE EDWARDS - black male, in his early to middle 20s
LOU EDWARDS - Nate's brother, seventeen or eighteen
AUNT EDNA - black female, in her mid-fifties
MILTON EDWARDS - Edna's brother, father of Lou and Nate, mid-fifties
HATTIE - Milton's wife, her early to mid-fifties
LUCRETIA - the young Gremmar, her late teens
SAM GREEN - black male, his mid to late twenties
BRITON WOODWARD - white male, his late teens or very early twenties
REVERED MOSELY - black male, his early sixties
HOPE - Nate's girlfriend, black, her early twenties
JOE DRAKE - white male, in his mid-forties
GLORIA TOWNES - black female, in her late thirties
HARPER EDWARDS - black male, in hid mid-thirties

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  • Multicultural casting

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Authors

Leslie Lee

For the stage, Leslie Lee is the author of numerous plays that have been produced in New York City and regionally. His plays include: The War Party, Colored People’s Time, Blues in a Broken Tongue, The Rabbit’s Foot; Black Eagles, Hannah Davis; a new version of the musical Golden Boy, in collabor ...

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THE FIRST BREEZE OF SUMMER first appeared at the St. Marks Playhouse in New York City on March 2, 1975. Directed by Douglas Turner Ward.

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