Yellowman & My Red Hand, My Black Hand

Yellowman My Red Hand My Black Hand These two raucously acclaimed new plays by Dael Orlandersmith whom The New York Times has called an otherworldly messenger perhaps the sorcerer s apprentice or a heaven sent angel with the devil in

  • Title: Yellowman & My Red Hand, My Black Hand
  • Author: Dael Orlandersmith
  • ISBN: 9781400032068
  • Page: 231
  • Format: Paperback
  • These two raucously acclaimed new plays by Dael Orlandersmith, whom The New York Times has called an otherworldly messenger, perhaps the sorcerer s apprentice, or a heaven sent angel with the devil in her, confirm her reputation as one of the truly unique voices in contemporary American drama.In Yellowman, a finalist for the 2002 Pulitzer Prize in Drama, Alma and EugeneThese two raucously acclaimed new plays by Dael Orlandersmith, whom The New York Times has called an otherworldly messenger, perhaps the sorcerer s apprentice, or a heaven sent angel with the devil in her, confirm her reputation as one of the truly unique voices in contemporary American drama.In Yellowman, a finalist for the 2002 Pulitzer Prize in Drama, Alma and Eugene have known each other since they were young children As their friendship blossoms into love, Alma struggles to free herself from her mother s poverty and alcoholism, while Eugene must contend with the legacy of being yellow lighter skinned than his brutal and unforgiving father In My Red Hand, My Black Hand, a young woman explores her heritage as the child of a blues loving Native American man and a black sharecropper s daughter from Virginia Alternately joyous and harrowing, both plays are powerful examinations of the racial tensions that fracture communities and individual lives.From the Trade Paperback edition.

    One thought on “Yellowman & My Red Hand, My Black Hand”

    1. Powerful on the page and a play I'd love to see staged. A two-person play, Orlandersmith traces the relationship between Alma and Eugene from their childhood in the 60s to early adulthood. Rather than interact, they each share their own story and observations (mostly) taking on other characters, particularly friends and family members, in quick character shifts. Both main characters are African Amercian and grew up in South Carolina. Alma has a medium-brown complexion and is heavy set while Euge [...]

    2. Two minimalist productions, written in a poetic prose style with overlapping dialogue spoken by actors portraying multiple characters. Yellowman deals with colorism amongst black community, and how it shapes lives through sexual identity, class, and urban v. rural life. play is also about violent consequences of hatred because of difference, as father kills son and destroys life he might have had with woman he loves (who also aborts a baby she can't stand to raise because it may be dark skinned [...]

    3. i'd sure like to see this on stage. and the other one contained in this edition, "my red hand, my black hand"orlandersmith's words SIZZLE

    4. I cried outloud in public reading this play. Can't say I cry outloud very often. Especially when reading play books in public.Absolutely beautiful.

    5. A powerful and sometimes unsettling readI enjoyed this riveting description about race and the negative power of shades of blackness. Deal Orlandersmith is a gifted writer.

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