By Mary E. Weems
Blackeyed is a set of performs and monologues. the subjects lined within the ebook contain housing and foreclosures, suicide, attack, psychological well-being, the Black male event, and extra. The booklet intersects with severe race concept as the majority of this paintings positions race on the heart of the stories of the fictitious or fictionalized characters. Embedded in those chapters are the interweaving of non-public and ancestral tales, information reviews, casual conversations, observations, interviews, and on-line study expressed in language unapologetically Black, serious, reflexive, and proud. Blackeyed can be utilized as a category textual content in theatre, schooling, artistic writing, communique, women's reports, sociology, and African American reviews undergraduate and graduate classes. it could actually even be utilized by theatre practitioners, together with actors and administrators, operating in group, 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, an individual drawn to the Black adventure in addition to the explicit themes coated during this publication can learn this selection of performs as one may well learn a suite of brief tales.
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Mama lost my father to war before I was born. She used to tell me the story when I got old enough to understand. (Voice change) “Baby, I loved your father more than any man in the world. From the moment we met on Halloween night, I knew he was the one. Listening to mama, your grandma, I played hard-to-get for about a week, but when he came to the house with a big bouquet of wildflowers and told me on one knee that loving me was driving him wild, that was it. He asked, I answered and on Christmas night we were married in your grandparents’ living room.
If it’s who I’m thinking it is, that’s because Mr. Johnson just came to live with his daughter, Old School you remember Phyllis? Old School: Naw, sorry I don’t, I––but if he was livin’ with her, how’d he wind up in the garbage? 14 BLACKEYED Cowboy: Shit, I don’t know. Only thing I can think of is Mr. Johnson had a bad day and managed to sneak out the house. Old School: Sneak out? DoDo: Yeah, sneak out. That’s the thing about having Alzheimer’s, you’re still an adult, and you can have moments when you remember how to do stuff, like unlock doors, and you have times when you know where you are and what you’re talkin’ about.
What was I talkin’ about Maygee? Maygee: You were about to tell me what happened when you got up that mornin’ and had to tell your mama the rent money’d been stolen out your purse. Hattie: That’s right. (Pause) Still feels like it just happened yesterday. Mama always wore-a old men’s bathrobe. It used to be her daddy’s and it was long and dark blue with this real heavy tie belt. Well, when mama walked into the kitchen that mornin’ and saw I’d already made the coffee and had the table set when usually she damn near had to beat me up out the bed to make me get up, she said (Voice change) Well I’ll be goddamn Hat, it must be rainin’ shit outside.