Beauty's Daughter, Monster, the Gimmick Three Plays
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Description: The sheer exuberance of language that pours forth in Dael Orlandersmith's plays has dazzled critics and audiences alike. In these three pieces, the award-winning writer and performer celebrates the power of words to rescue the young black women she portrays from their constricted worlds. In the Obie Award-winning play "Beauty's Daughter," Diane yearns to free herself from her soul-deadening surroundings, where people drown their unfulfilled aspirations in drugs and alcohol. In "Monster," Theresa imagines a life in the rock-'n'-roll poetry bohemia of Manhattan's Lower East Side and away from her home in East Harlem, where she is scorned as a misfit. And in "The Gimmick," Alexis escapes her brutal reality among the library bookshelves, where she dreams of becoming a writer in Paris. Charged with fearless wisdom, these three electrifying plays transform rage-filled ghetto experience into a triumph of rhapsodic expression.
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Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/17/2000
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 0.50" tall
Dael Orlandersmith lives in New York City. She won an Obie Award in 1995 for Beauty's Daughter.