RABBIT SUMMER

Wilson and Ruby have the picture perfect marriage (if you're used to seeing positive Black images of family, that is) while Ruby's best friend Claire has just become a statistic, losing her unarmed Black husband to the quick trigger of a white cop. Spiting his Pop's example of manhood, Wilson idealizes his marriage and ignores the controversy of his job as a police officer in the midst of the...
Wilson and Ruby have the picture perfect marriage (if you're used to seeing positive Black images of family, that is) while Ruby's best friend Claire has just become a statistic, losing her unarmed Black husband to the quick trigger of a white cop. Spiting his Pop's example of manhood, Wilson idealizes his marriage and ignores the controversy of his job as a police officer in the midst of the BlackLivesMatter movement, smiling through pain Ruby wishes he would share. Tired of feeling helpless and trapped in her Huxtable-like existence, Ruby has been hatching a secret plan to fix the American gun problem while pushing her husband to break out of his plastic shell.

Claire's refuge at the Faison's home unearths long held and brand new secrets and stirs a pot of reality Wilson has never tasted. Can he see life through Ruby's truth and still be the husband and father his mother and he never had? This quickfire drama explores manhood and guns and what it means to “live your truth” in an America built on lies.
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RABBIT SUMMER

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  • Eva Stapleton:
    3 Mar. 2018
    Conyer Lee puts her forward-thinking view of life, her acute observation of human nature and truthful humor into each script and Rabbit Summer is no exception. This play has cultural relevancy, clarity, shrewd levity and symbolism that stirs the imagination. Conyer Lee gives a fresh view to controversial subject matter that has the capacity to change hearts and minds.

  • Hilary Bluestein-Lyons:
    9 Feb. 2018
    Although Rabbit Summer is a personal story about the clash between blacks and the police, it is so much more than that. It is a brilliant story about family, marriage, deceit, friendship and that standing up for what's right comes with consequences. But most importantly, as Conyer Lee masterfully unfolds hidden agendas (both literally and figuratively), more is revealed about the deep-rooted need to search for identity. Conyer Lee does not tip toe around the hard questions, even when her characters do. I learned much through this play, and feel privileged to have been on its journey.
  • Kara Emily Krantz:
    2 Feb. 2018
    This woman is a powerhouse: passionate, strong, sassy and basically brilliant. Conyer Lee has a way of weaving incredibly powerful social/political statements within the beating heart of intimate and dramatic relationships, creating flawed, fantastic, beauty-full human beings for whom we care and root and invest. Rabbit Summer is a fascinating ride through the season of a relationship, and the profound, long-lasting effects of miscommunication and mis-steps. Furthermore, from my admittedly "very white" perspective, Conyer Lee opens a door to develop awareness, shed ignorance, and develop compassion in a way that simultaneously challenges and embraces.

Development History

  • Workshop
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    Women's Voices Festival / Ally Theatre Company
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    2018
  • Reading
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    Page To Stage Festival (Kennedy Center)
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    2017

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