by LeRoi Jones
Short Play, Drama / 2m, 1f
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.
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.
Published in tandem with Dutchman.
"What resonates here... is the sense that entrenchment and political corruption are timeless." - Philly Stage
"A playwright to watch." - Kirkus Review
- Strong Language
- Minimum Fee: $45 per performance
- Duration: 75 Minutes
- Additional Features: No intermission
- Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
- Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
- Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)
GRACE - His white ex-whife
EASLEY - Grace's current husband. A white professor.
- Multicultural casting
- Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)