Blackeyed: Plays and Monologues by Mary E. Weems

By Mary E. Weems

Blackeyed is a suite of performs and monologues. the subjects lined within the booklet contain housing and foreclosures, suicide, attack, psychological wellbeing and fitness, the Black male adventure, and extra. The booklet intersects with severe race concept as the majority of this paintings positions race on the middle of the reports of the fictitious or fictionalized characters. Embedded in those chapters are the interweaving of non-public and ancestral tales, information studies, casual conversations, observations, interviews, and on-line examine expressed in language unapologetically Black, serious, reflexive, and proud. Blackeyed can be utilized as a category textual content in theatre, schooling, artistic writing, verbal exchange, women's stories, sociology, and African American reviews undergraduate and graduate classes. it could possibly even be utilized by theatre practitioners, together with actors and administrators, operating in neighborhood, neighborhood and nationwide theatre settings. members together with qualitative researchers attracted to exploring extra affective probabilities or arts-based researchers may also learn this assortment as an instance of methodological exemplar. ultimately, somebody attracted to the Black event in addition to the categorical issues coated during this publication can learn this selection of performs as one may possibly learn a suite of brief tales.

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He’d write me these short notes and draw funny pictures on them almost every week, but I could never write back ‘cause I never knew exactly where he’d be cause he followed the rodeos. He was a rodeo clown, one of the best in the West. Old School: Rodeo clown? I didn’t know that. Cowboy: Nobody up here does but down in Texas, he’s well respected on the rodeo circuit. One day Triple came in and over heard me talkin’ to the skinny white dude about how I left the hat my daddy gave me back home. (Pause) My birthday was the following week and when I came runnin’ in here hopin’ he’d be here, there he was standin’ at the end of the pool table smilin’, holdin’ this hat that is identical to the one my daddy’d given me.

Beat) This worked out until grandma heard me call one of my little friends a mothafucka one day, a word I’d heard a lot in the clubs grandpa took me too. (Beat) Grandpa was a part-time mechanic and when he wasn’t working on his own beater, he’d take me with him to peoples’ houses and teach me how to replace batteries, do tune ups, replace carburetors. (Beat) Me and mama lived with them and any time something went wrong around the house, grandpa fixed it. Thanks to him, I rarely have to call anyone to fix things in my house and only started using a mechanic when I finally bought a newer car with a 31 CHAPTER 1 computer in it.

So true, I had what my 12th grade science teacher Mr. Collins’ used to call a natural talent for science and math. Wasn’t his fault that he had to teach us outta books that were damn near as old as the ones our parents used. And the worst thing about it is—none of us knew that, but Mr. Collins did and he never told us. Only those few of us who went past high school found out damn near as soon as we started. Most of the shit my professors assumed I knew—I’d never even heard of. Old School: Nothin’ new about that.

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